The Week in Learning Technology - November 24-December 1, 2010

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‘Smarthistory’ Rethinks the Art-History Textbook Online More Professors Give Out Hand-Held Devices to Monitor Students and Engage ThemA handful of textbooks reigns supreme over art-history survey courses. To Beth Harris, who teaches the subject online for the Fashion Institute of Technology, these expensive, static tomes don’t do a great job of engaging students. They lack a sense of what it’s like to see paintings where they hang. And, Ms. Harris argues, they present a consensus view that doesn’t convey the messiness, passion, and disagreement of scholarship. Though the technology is relatively new, preliminary studies at Harvard and Ohio State, among other institutions, suggest that engaging students in class through a device as familiar to them as a cellphone — there are even applications that convert iPads and BlackBerrys into class-ready clickers — increases their understanding of material that may otherwise be conveyed in traditional lectures.
The Wired Campus
Black Colleges Are Slowly Adding Online Degrees
Online education has become the fastest-growing segment of the higher-education market, driven by booming enrollments at for-profit institutions and steadier efforts at nonprofit colleges to cut instructional costs and reach more students with electronic courses. But historically black colleges are moving more cautiously toward adopting online-degree programs, according to a new report from the Distance Learning Laboratory at Howard University.
 The Wired Campus
 Bb World 2011 Call for Proposals The BbWorld 2011 Call for Presentations is now open! Submit a proposal by Jan 14, 2011. For more information visit eMail from Blackboard 11/29/2010
 Blackboard Drops Appeals on Software Patent Blackboard Inc.’s protracted legal fight to retain the software patent it used to successfully sue course-management rival Desire2Learn is over. It lost. The Wired Campus 11/30/2010
 Internet2 Renews Bandwidth Donation to GENI Project The networking consortium Internet2 announced today that it will continue to allow the Global Environment for Network Innovations, or GENI, a National Science Foundation-backed effort to reinvent the Internet, to use bandwidth on its national backbone through 2012. The Wired Campus 11/30/2010
 British University Offers M.B.A. Courses on Facebook Facebook has changed the way students, faculty members, and administrators communicate outside the classroom. Now, with the introduction of the London School of Business & Finance’s Global MBA Facebook app, Facebook is becoming the classroom. The Wired Campus 11/30/2010