Academic Tech News, Week of October 20th

The big news story this week was UNC’s “paper classes” scandal. Though not directly related to technology, this issue has wide implications for the educational community.

Also, this week, Apple released new iPad models including the world’s “thinnest tablet”.

And from around the web:

A ‘Partial Win’ for Publishers – 10/20
“In a unanimous decision, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, which covers Alabama, Georgia and Florida, rejected a broad ruling on how to determine fair use. The decision guarantees the case has a long and litigious road ahead of it by reversing the district court’s opinion and sending the case back for further deliberations.”
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An inbox that works for you – 10/22
“Today, we’re introducing something new. It’s called Inbox. Years in the making, Inbox is by the same people who brought you Gmail, but it’s not Gmail: it’s a completely different type of inbox, designed to focus on what really matters. Email started simply as a way to send digital notes around the office. But fast-forward 30 years and with just the phone in your pocket, you can use email to contact virtually anyone in the world…from your best friend to the owner of that bagel shop you discovered last week.”
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Report from the UNF Academic Technology Innovation Symposium – 10/23
“Last week I joined a group of faculty, instructional designers, administrators, librarians and academic technology specialists at the University of North Florida Academic Technology Innovation Symposium. The symposium represents the type of localized exchange of best practices and pedagogical experiments that is vital to university communities, with ideas on display ranging from Google Glass to 3D printing (like the chocolate-holding keychain pictured above.) I was there to talk about extending models of gamification to consider agency and story-telling as key parts of the classroom experience.”
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Jeremy Hessman