Academic Technology Links for May 17, 2013


The links this week include the first MOOC-based MS in computer science (brought to you by AT&T), libraries and pneumatic tubes, Wikispaces Classroom, and data visualization.  Enjoy!

  • Georgia Tech offers the first MS in computer science delivered via MOOCs.  It will cost much less than a “traditional” master’s degree and is a result of a “teaming up” among Georgia Tech and Udacity and AT&T. From the linked webpage: “This collaboration brings together leaders in education, MOOCs and industry to apply the disruptive power of massively open online teaching to widen the pipeline of high-quality, educated talent needed in computer science fields.” Does the corporate sponsorship of AT&T coupled with the claim to “disrupt” the university’s ivory tower rub anyone else the wrong way?
  • 5 Reasons Libraries Will Fail – Published in 1864 —  Before you get too excited about pneumatic tubes installed in the home, be warned that this is satirical.
  • If you’re thinking about moving away from Blackboard as your learning management system, a new option is available (and will be available soon for W&M wiki users) via Wikispaces: Wikispaces Classroom.  I’ve messed around with it a little bit myself, and it looks like it will be really nice for group work in classes, as well as integrating discussion and Web-based assignments.
  • The Art of Data Visualization — from Open Culture, a video and post about design and how it relates to the trend of data visualization.
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.