Here are two questions from two ITC members – they will surely appreciate your contacting them if you are able to help in any way!! Please contact them directly by phone or e-mail. Thank you!! Here are also some articles that you might be interested in … Chris.
Do we have any members who have Podcast sites? If yes, do you think they would be willing to discuss how to build such a site and lessons learned to date?
– Sandy Cobb, Director, University Center/Instructional Technology Office, Mid-South Community College 870-733-6785, firstname.lastname@example.org
We are trying to find a college or university that offers a GED prep course online. Thank you!
– Larry Carver, Director, Instructional Technology and Distance Education, Hutchinson Community College – 620.728.8180, email@example.com
Antipiracy Lawsuits, Four Years Later
by Brock Read
Aug. 29, 2007, Chronicle of Higher Education
. . . “ ‘RIAA v. the People: Four Years Later’ offers a detailed recap of the recording industry’s lawsuits, which now total nearly 30,000, according to the group’s calculations. The report also profiles the industry’s shifting legal tactics, which have familiarized campus technologists with John Doe subpoenas and pre-litigation notices.” See
“But the report really gets interesting when it tackles the heart of the matter: Are the lawsuits actually acting as a deterrent to would-be music pirates? The EFF thinks not, and it brandishes peer-to-peer usage statistics compiled by BigChampagne, a digital-media research firm, to argue that file sharing is still on the rise. Most students now enter college realizing that much music downloading is illegal, the report concedes. But the recording industry’s problem is that many of those students go ahead and download anyway.” . . .
CSU Launches Online University: Initiative Targets Students Short on Time, Money
Aug. 24, 2007, The Coloradoan
“Colorado State University is launching a $12 million online university that will help students who don’t have the time or money to get a traditional on-campus four-year education. Called CSU-Colorado, and approved by the CSU Board of Governors on Friday, the online university will serve Coloradans and out-of-state students.” . . .
From the August 24 CSU press release:
. . . “To dramatically increase access to public higher education, CSU and the Colorado Community College System are working together to ensure that associate degree students have four-year and advanced degree options in their communities.” . . .
“CSU-Colorado expects to begin enrolling students as early as the second quarter of 2008 with classes beginning in the third quarter. Additional baccalaureate, master’s degree and professional development programs are scheduled to debut continuously. Courses will normally run eight weeks; high-enrollment programs eventually will begin every four weeks.” . . .
5 Ways to Save on Textbooks Now, 3 Ways to Lower Prices Long Term
Aug. 22, 2007, Make Textbooks Affordable.com
“With the new school year quickly approaching, students will soon be slammed with the high cost of textbooks. Textbooks cost students an average of $900 per year, which is a quarter of tuition at an average four year public university or three-quarters of tuition at a community college. With prices rising twice the rate of inflation, textbooks have become a major “tipping point cost” for students from middle and low-income families.” . . .
Five Ways to Save on Textbooks Now
1. Buy or rent textbooks online at Abebooks.com; A1books.com; Amazon.com; Biblio.comBookfinder.com; Campus books; Textbookflix (a rental service similar to Netflix)2. Shop overseas. Many textbooks are available for less (ex. www.amazon.co.uk). Try visiting the publisher’s Web site and click on another country. Note that shipping could take several weeks.
3. Swap. Look for used book groups on Facebook and search for students who have already taken the class. Try Craigslist and MySpace or Campus Book Swap
4. Check them out of the library
5. Ask professors about using an older edition or a version without any “bundled” items like CDs.
Colleges Outsource E-mail to Big Players
by Alison Go
Aug. 22, 2007, US News and World Report
“Maintaining internal E-mail systems has long been the bane of the university information-technology director. Servers are unwieldy and unreliable, and in the past several years, the number of student complaints (“It’s all junk,” says one) has grown exponentially as forward-moving providers like YahooMail, Hotmail, and Gmail have increased expectations of what E-mail should offer.”
“Microsoft, which owns Hotmail, and Google (Gmail) are the biggest players in the educational E-mail hosting market. Along with the neat-o peripheral gizmos like messaging, calendars, and collaboration tools, the outsourced systems are more stable, have better spam filters, and provide much more storage space than the typical university’s in-house system. At the University of Pennsylvania, its old E-mail service gave students 60 megabytes of storage, just 3 percent of the 2 gigabytes Windows Live now provides.”
“In return, Google and Microsoft get almost nothing, at least monetarily and in the short term. Microsoft’s Windows Live @ edu and the Google Apps Education Edition are free of charge for schools.” . . .