Academic Technology Links for March 15, 2013


This week, the links include the California bill that would allow students to take online courses for credit, more on MOOCs, the School of Open, and free group video calling from Skype for teachers. Enjoy!

  • In California, a bill will be filed that would let students take online courses for credit in lieu of classes offered at a state college or university. Four-year graduation rates are low (16% across the campuses of the CalState system, claims the article) partly because required classes fill up, and it can take years for students to be able to get a seat in classes that they need.  This bill will make it so that students would be able to take faculty-approved classes in the event that a required class is full.
  • Much Ado about MOOCs — The author of an article from American Association of University Professors weighs in on MOOCs.
  • School of Open Project Showcase — A post about the School of Open, which is “a learning environment focused on increasing our understanding of ‘openness’ and the benefits it brings to creativity and education in the digital age.” One of the free online classes mentioned in the post that caught my eye is one on copyright law for educators (that link is for U.S. copyright law, and there’s also one for Australian copyright laws).
  • Skype Announces Free Group Video Calling for Teachers — You’ll be able to use up to 10 webcams for free on a call.  Perhaps would be useful for a remotely-meeting small class, or to invite in guest speakers to a class.
About Kim Mann

Kim Mann is the editor and a writer for the Academic Technology Blog. She earned her BA in English from the University of Minnesota in 2003 and her MA in American Studies from William & Mary in 2009, and her PhD in American Studies at the College in 2014. Her research is on technology, the interface, and the body in mid-twentieth century science fiction.