Harvard Business Review is cray-cray for copyright

There are many examples of copyright and licensing monkeyshines in higher education–far too many. Not just the regular, run-of-the-mill monkeyshines, but outright knavery (as I see it). One example, is mega-publisher Reed-Elsevier that enforces a research publishing cycle that disenfranchises tax payers not just once, not just twice, but three times: (1) selling universities expensive subscriptions to journals full of […]

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Google Mid-Atlantic Users Group

A group of folks on the Google North America Apps Users Group are organizing a Google Apps Mid-Atlantic Users Group Meeting, also known by the abrasively gutteral-sounding acronym (MAGUG). The event is free and will be held on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at Dominion Enterprises in Norfolk, Virginia. To learn more or to register, use the following link: https://sites.google.com/a/appsusersgroup.com/goog le-apps-mid-atlantic-user-group/. Also, to […]

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Get a free domain from Reclaim while they remain

If you don’t know about the University of Mary Washington’s A Domain of One’s Own project, get thee to this Wired article from July of 2012,  this Tech Therapy podcast on the Chronicle site, or go straight to the source at UMW’s  http://umwdomains.com/ to find out more. UMW’s IT crew–Tim Owens, Jim Groom, and the rest–are true technology innovators: starting this Fall, […]

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Deadline Extended: Open & Digital Learning Resources Conference

Procrastinators, Johnny-come-latelies, and busy people: the proposal deadline for the Open and Digital Learning Resources Conference has been extended.  You now have until January 18th, 2013 to submit your brilliant proposal. Don’t dawdle. The online proposal form is fairly simple and should take you only a few minutes to complete. To review the proposal guidelines for the conference, go to http://openva.org/proposals/.

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Flat World textbooks no longer free

Textbook publisher Flat World Knowledge has been an early leader in providing free access to open textbooks, offering a business model that has traditional publishers scrambling to maintain their relevancy and preserve their customer base. FWK textbooks have been available to read for free on the company’s web site, or for a modest cost, downloaded in several digital formats or […]

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News: Blackboard CEO Resigns

Blackboard announces that CEO Michael Chasen, who co-founded the company, will resign in December. From a post in the EdWeek blog: Since being purchased in July 2011 for $1.6 billion by private-equity firm Providence Equity Partners, Blackboard, based in Washington, D.C., has been through a series of dramatic changes, perhaps culminating in Chasen’s exit. In February, William Raduchel stepped down from Blackboard’s […]

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MOOCs: A New Way to Train Your Cat

MOOC fever has broken out,  infecting the insular and sheltered world of academia and spreading to the vulnerable population at large. Symptoms include a feeling of generalized urgency (Audrey Watters calls this FOMO), a paradoxical desire to monetize free and open content, and a susceptibility to buzzwords and confident-sounding prognostication. It won’t be long until we’ll begin to see articles […]

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Blackboard Collaborate Mobile App Released

The long-awaited Blackboard Collaborate Mobile App is now available for the iPad and iPhone platforms. I haven’t had a chance to take it on a test run, yet. If you want to put it through its paces, you can download the app from the iTunes App Store here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/blackboard-collaborate-mobile/id546742528?mt=8 What do you think? Let me know the pros and cons of […]

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Only a prelude: Pearson launches degree course in UK

Caught this from @audreywatters on Twitter. Pearson, the major international publisher and education firm, is to become a for-profit private higher education provider in the UK. The firm is opening Pearson College, teaching a degree course validated by existing London universities.The business and enterprise degree, taught in London and Manchester, will have about 40 places this year. The college says it will […]

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