Academic Technology Links for October 24, 2012

Approved LinksOur handpicked academic technology-related links for this week are below.  Enjoy!


What does the Internet look like?  An image gallery of Google’s “data centers” reveals that, surprise!, it kind of looks like the future.  And, if that’s not cool enough, a Google Maps blog post about mapping the Grand Canyon (with futuristic-looking backpacks!).

A TED Talk about an online computer course where students build a computer from scratch. Looks like an interesting way to frame a course, plus it’s taught online as a MOOC.

10 Faculty Perspectives on What Works in Lecture Capture — Ten faculty weigh in on using lecture capture (using Mediasite).

Raspberry Pi Launch — For a bit more that half of what a PS3 or Xbox 360 game costs you get a computer that you can experiment with, learn from and most importantly lose your fear of messy technology.

“UVA’s Massive Open Online Courses See High Enrollment” — After all the flap this summer, UVA has kicked off six massive open online courses with enrollments ranging from less than 10,000 to more than 40,000. CIO Jim Hilton speculates that MOOCs may define the new normal. There’s a strange irony in the relationship between Coursera and UVA:

Sullivan hadn’t yet learned about the school’s negotiations with Coursera when she resigned in early June, officials said. Darden School of Business officials met with Coursera on June 7, and the dean of arts and sciences on June 8 directed her staff to get in touch with Coursera and university administration officials.

That afternoon, Sullivan went to the meeting with Rector Helen Dragas and Vice Rector Mark Kingston where she was asked her to step down. Sullivan was apprised of the Coursera talks after her return to office in late June.

She has consistently promoted the Coursera venture as an experiment aimed at improving university teaching.

That’s all for this week — Happy Reading!


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.