Academic Technology Links for October 17, 2012

Approved LinksHere are some links gathered by us for this week.  Enjoy!


“BC to Offer Free Open Textbooks for 40 Higher Ed Courses” — British Columbia announces that it will fund the development of 40 open textbooks for colleges and universities.  These textbooks will be free and save students an estimated $900 to $1500 a year, and they hope to have them ready for the 2013-2014 academic year.

A Discussion About the History of Technology and the Future of Energy  — An interesting podcast about “the history of technology and the question of how we end up choosing one type of tool over another.”

“Creating and Maintaining a Professional Presence Online” — an article from ProfHacker reflecting on, well, creating and maintaining a professional presence online.  It has a lot of helpful-looking resources and links for those interested in figuring out an online professional persona.

Still curious or trying to figure out what a MOOC is?  This article from the Washington Post explains.


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.