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Great Apps to Create Meaningful Connections Inside (and Outside) the Classroom


by Shawn Orr I love technology! I guess if I’m being completely honest, what I really love is the engagement, excitement, and interactivity that technology brings to my college classroom. I’m not talking about the bells and whistles (although that’s fun, too), but the true engagement that happens when I use technology that really resonates […]

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For Faculty: A Closer Look at the Yik Yak App


by Virginia Postrel Yik Yak is a social-media app that in just two years has become an everyday part of the American college experience. If you’ve heard of it, chances are you think it’s awful. It has a terrible reputation as adangerous source of vitriol, threats and ethnic slurs — a reputation only strengthened by recent […]

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John Wiley & Sons Sues Hundreds For Copyright Infringement & Illegal Downloads of Digital Books


by Ernesto Van Dersar John Wiley & Sons, one of the world’s largest book publishers, is continuing its efforts to crack down on BitTorrent piracy. The company has now named several people who allegedly shared Wiley titles online, and is demanding a jury trial against them. If these actually go ahead it will be the first […]

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Hire-A-Pirate Service Seeks to Make Rented e-Textbooks More, Ahem, “Affordable” For Students


During August, just before the start of the new school term, TorrentFreak reported on LibraryPirate, a site with a mission of providing college students with an alternative to continuously rising textbook prices. Bemoaning what he sees as greedy profiteering, LibraryPirate’s admin says the year-old site’s aim is clear. “Our mission is simple and specific,” he told TorrentFreak. […]

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by Mark Drozdowski When you want news and views on higher education, where do you turn? Well, yes, of course you pick up the Adjunct Advocate. But for many in this field, The Chronicle of Higher Education represents the gold standard, the journal of record, the “bible.” Most industry folks I know refer to it […]

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A Round-up of the Best Teaching Abroad Blogs

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Distance Education On-Line Resource Round-up

by Melissa Doak REMEMBER THOSE OLD t.v. commercials for correspondence courses? I do. At eleven years old, I was fascinated with all the things I could choose to learn by mail. Why did anyone go to college when they could call a toll-free number for information about how to earn more money and respect than […]

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Got Copyright? Resources and Information About Fair Use in the Classroom and On-Line

by P.D. Lesko IN 1842, CHARLES Dickens and his wife, Catherine, traveled to the United States. While trekking cross country, Dickens often spoke in support of an international copyright agreement. The lack of such an agreement enabled printers in the U.S. to publish his books without permission and without paying the Englishman any royalties. This […]

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Surfing America’s Great Libraries

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 took […]

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Getting to Know ED

by Mark Drozdowski IT’S OFFICIALLY KNOWN as the U.S. Department of Education, but it prefers the simple moniker “Ed.” Recently I visited Ed’s on-line pad,, to see what he has to offer. After all, I pay Ed’s salary. Those unfamiliar with Ed might think he’s a bit stuffy, but he’s actually rather approachable. To […]

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