Are online course communities the future?

An article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, under the Wired Campus section, caught my eye, recently.  The headline, “Web Venture Lets Faculty Syndicate Their Courses,” was intriguing.  The story was about a company called Omnicademy, a new venture from Louisiana State University that allows student access to online courses from different institutions.  Students can…

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Kicking the Tires: A Blackboard 9 Pilot Test

I regularly co-teach a course in the Public Service department with my colleague, Associate Vice Chancellor Denny DeSantis.  This past fall, he and I used CIDDE’s test server to “kick the tires,” that is, to get a realistic, hands-on impression of the newest release of the Blackboard course management system, version 9.1. Several of us…

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Cathedral of Learning Image in Ferriss Style

CIDDE photographer Jim Burke recently made a presentation at our departmental staff meeting where he showcased one of his favorite images of 2010.  It was an image he captured of the Cathedral of Learning while returning from an assignment on campus late one evening.  As he walked back to his office, he noted the potential…

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