Big trend on campus: podcasting

College students who miss a class can go online to keep up with work or other offerings
News Staff Reporter
It used to be college students actually had to go to class or at least get the notes from a studious friend.
Now, more and more can just download lectures to their laptop or iPod while still in pajamas in their home or dorm.
“It’s really convenient,” said Don Frank, who watches his University at Buffalo management course online. “You can watch the lecture at 11 at night or 9 in the morning.”
Read the entire Buffalo News article.

Deans crack down on students to eliminate unfair advantage

By Mat Vross, Senior Writer
With the approach of final exams and final project deadlines nearing, some students may turn to technology for an unfair advantage over their classmates.
Heather Webb, student affairs specialist for the Office of the Dean of Students said Purdue’s level of academic dishonesty is, based on student surveys, consistent with other universities.
“Our level of cheating isn’t better or worse than other universities. You’re going to have academic dishonesty at any institution,” she said.
Read the entire Exponent article.

Tim Berners-Lee comes to Princeton University

web.gifWednesday night, April 5, Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, shared his vision of the future of the web with a packed house in McCosh 50.
Just as a two decades ago when many found it difficult to conceptualize what Berners-Lee meant by the web, so too he has found that many are confused by his more recent ideas about a Semantic Web. In this second part of his dream, a second paradigm shift, machines become capable of analyzing all of the data on the web. He enjoyed using the following London-tube-like slide to illustrate some of the possibilities.

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Challenging Google, Microsoft Unveils a Search Tool for Online Scholarly Articles

Microsoft is introducing a new search tool today that will help people find scholarly articles online. The service, which will include journal articles from prominent academic societies and publishers, puts Microsoft in direct competition with Google, which offers a similar service called Google Scholar.
The new free search tool, which should work on most browsers, is called Windows Live Academic Search. For now, it includes eight million articles from only a few disciplines — computer science, electrical engineering, and physics.
Read entire Chronicle of Higher Education article.

Do Lots of Professors Ban Computers?

June Entman, the law professor at Memphis University who banned laptops from her classroom, said in an e-mail message to The Chronicle this week that she’s not alone in taking a stand against computer use during lectures.
“During last week’s brouhaha about the matter, I heard from law professors at Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, University of Texas, Widener, and Pace who have also banned laptops for much the same reasons. One had done so three years ago,” Ms. Entman wrote. She said that newspaper accounts “blew the events all out of proportion.”
Read the entire Wired Campus blog entry here.