The Week in Learning Technology - February 8-14

posted Feb 22, 2011, 3:42 AM by
The 2011 Horizon Report
The 2011 Horizon Report, an annual look at technology trends affecting higher education, points to mobile devices as one of six technologies to watch. Of the other five trends, game-based learning and learning analytics—using data to track student progress—are new additions for 2011.
 The Wired Campus
Online Textbook-Rental Company Moves Into Bricks and Mortar, an online textbook-rental company, announced an agreement on Wednesday with a major college-bookstore association that could lead many bookstores on campuses to offer textbook rentals for the first time.  The Wired Campus
‘U.S. News’ Highlights ‘Most Wired’ Campuses, but Some Question Methodology
A list released today by U.S. News & World Report highlights the nation’s 15 “most-wired campuses,” comparing each college’s student population to the number of computers on campus.  The Wired Campus
Publishers Struggle to Get Professors to Use Latest E-Textbook Features
Publishers studying the effectiveness of their latest interactive e-textbooks are finding that the biggest challenge is getting professors to use the new features of the digital texts.  The Wired Campus
Obama Wireless Event Puts the Spotlight on Northern Michigan U.
The information-technology shop at Northern Michigan University must be in a state of digital bliss today. Instead of listening to professors gripe about glitches in the course-management system, they got to watch President Obama rhapsodize about the miracles of the university’s wireless networking and distance-learning technologies.  The Wired Campus
After Complaints, Dept. of Labor Amends Rules for E-Learning Grant Program
Two weeks after college leaders raised concerns about what was perceived as a restrictive technical requirement in a new $2-billion federal-grant program, government officials issued an amendment that eliminates the requirement.  The Wired Campus
Smartphone App Makes Book Citations a Snap
 Quick Cite, which costs 99 cents and is available for both iPhones and Android-based phones, uses the camera on a smartphone to scan the bar code on the back of a book. It then e-mails you a bibliography-ready citation in one of four popular styles—APA, MLA, Chigaco, or IEEE.  The Wired Campus
 New ‘Electronic Literature’ Anthology Shows Fluid Definition of the GenreA new collection of “electronic literature” proves that the genre of interactive storytelling comes in an array forms and technological platforms. In fact, if you’re not sure what exactly electronic literature is, you still won’t know after clicking around on this Web site that mixes video, audio, and text into works that are not quite video games, not quite poetry, and nothing like a traditional novel.
 The Wired Campus 2/14/2011