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San Jose State MOOC Experiment Suggests MOOC Pushers May Be Selling Snake Oil

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Share by Michael Hiltzik Let it not be said that San Jose State University hasn’t taught the world a valuable lesson in the promises and pitfalls of the fancy new craze for online university learning. The Cal State University campus set itself up as a pioneer in the field in January, when it announced plans to enroll [...]

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#Teaching: Survey Finds Profs Use of Social Media Increasing

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Share College faculty have evolved their use of social media for professional, personal and instructional use, with a decrease in concerns around the value and amount of time spent using social media, according to a new report from the Babson Survey Research Group. The annual survey of nearly 4,000 teaching faculty from all disciplines in higher [...]

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The edu-Tweet Movement Becomes a Lifeline for Faculty

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Share by Emma Brown After her first year teaching history in a public high school in the District, Jamie Josephson was exhausted and plagued by self-doubt. Teaching had been more grueling than she ever expected. Law school began to sound appealing. Then she stumbled onto Twitter. In the vast social network on the Web, she [...]

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Netiquette Rules

Share by Christine Mainka Has it ever happened to you? Your friend or colleague sent you an amusing email. You quickly composed a clever riposte. You clicked “send.” And then you had second thoughts: Oh dear, I forgot that X is a little vulnerable in that area; she might take it up the wrong way; [...]

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C’mon! You Gotta Fix Me Up! Evaluating Online Bookstores

Share by Greg Beatty Academics are continually jonesing for a fix. They’re addicted to most seductive of drugs: information. They over-subscribe to listservs and haunt bookstores with longing in their eyes. (Or maybe that’s just me.) Oh, sure, they can always justify their desires. I need it for a class. I’ve got a research project. [...]

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The Newest and Best Search Engine Tools

Share by Evelyn Beck YOU MAY NEVER have met Archie, but perhaps you’ve spent some time with Gopher or Jeeves. Looking back through search engine history is a bit like browsing through a little black book. It was 1990 when Archie, the first search engine, premiered. Then came Gopher and then many more, including Excite, [...]

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On-Line Lingo 101

Share Analog: A signal that is received in the same form in which it is transmitted, while the amplitude and frequency may vary. Amplitude: The amount of variety in a signal. Commonly thought of as the height of a wave. American Standard Code for Information Interexchange (ASCII): A computer language used to convert letters, numbers, [...]

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Surfing America’s Great Libraries

Share by Mark J. Drozdowski America is blessed with some of the world’s great libraries. And nowadays, thanks to advances in technology, many of them have catalogued their collections on-line, giving teachers and scholars access to vast arrays of information. But just how useful are these top libraries’ Web sites? To answer that question, I [...]

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