The Week in Learning Technology - February 22-March 7, 2011

posted Mar 9, 2011, 5:48 AM by
Guilt Is Not Enough to Stop Students From Texting in Class
A survey of students at the University of New Hampshire found high rates of texting during class, and plenty of guilt about the behavior.
 The Wired Campus
A WikiLeaks Clone Takes On Higher Education
WikiLeaks, scourge of governments worldwide, now has a copycat for academe. And the new group is itching to publish your university’s deepest secrets.
 The Wired Campus
Professor’s Online Lecture Gets Lift From Bill Gates
Bill Gates apparently listens to lecture podcasts while on the treadmill. That’s what David Christian, then a history professor at San Diego State University, learned one day when Mr. Gates called him in his university office, explaining that he heard his recorded lecture and wanted to meet.
 The Wired Campus
 TED, Known For Big-Idea Conferences, Pushes Into EducationThe leaders of the annual TED conference, known for featuring short, carefully prepared talks on big ideas about technology and society, hope to apply their approach to education.
  The Wired Campus 3/2/2011
 Textbook Publisher Announces ‘App’ Approach to Learning Materials Today a major textbook company, Cengage Learning, announced a new e-textbook publishing platform that lets professors plug in apps, some made by other software companies, to add to traditional textbook content features like tutoring services or the ability to trade margin notes with other students.  The Wired Campus 3/2/2011
 U. of Kentucky’s Technology Leadership Center Will Be Run From Iowa Testing the limits of distance education and administration, the University of Kentucky has hired a professor and the technology leadership center that he directs away from Iowa State University—but will leave the professor in Ames to work remotely, unsettling some of his new colleagues, according to a local newspaper.  The Wired Campus 3/7/2011
 Why the Obama Administration Wants a Darpa for Education A new agency—its name would be “Advanced Research Projects Agency-Education”—would have more flexibility to identify specific problems and direct efforts to solve them, he says. Plus, it would be able to attract top outside talent to work on these projects.  The Wired Campus 3/4/2011
 Online, People Learn Best from Virtual ‘Helpers’ That Resemble Them That’s the finding of a study on how people’s perception and performance in online training is affected by the appearance and communication style of online learning “helpers,” or virtual agents that pop up on a screen and guide people through a program.  The Wired Campus 3/3/2011