Academic Technology Links 8-29-12

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Here are the links for this week, August 29th.  Enjoy!


“Students Find E-Textbooks ‘Clumsy’ and Don’t Use Their Interactive Features” — The title pretty much says it all – this article is about student responses to a pilot program to use e-textbooks in courses.  Interestingly, each participating university (Cornell, Indiana University, the Universities of Minnesota, Virginia, and Wisconsin) paid $20,000 to be part of the pilot program, and one of the companies involved was textbook publishing giant McGraw-Hill.

“Dozens of Plagiarism Incidents Are Reported in Coursera’s Free Online Courses” — An interesting article, though I do feel that its claims of “dozens” of incidents is a bit inflammatory — MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) like those offered by Coursera are courses enrolling tens of thousands of students in a single class.  I did find this blog post, by University of Oklahoma lecturer Laura Gibbs, to be a thoughtful reflection on the situation — she is enrolled in a course herself and discovered fellow students plagiarizing.

“Digital Faculty: Professors and Technology, 2012” — An overview of two Inside Higher Ed surveys of professors’ interests in technology’s uses in the academy.

“Video Assignments: an Alternative to a Traditional Paper?”— This link is from our own archives, and is an article about and podcast with government professor Larry Evans.  He talks about a video assignment he given students, and offers some thoughts on how it allows students to do “hands-on thinking.”


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.