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Mixed Feelings for Students and e-Textbooks

When Steve Jobs announced in 2010 the new iPad, technology experts and education experts praised the tablet computer's potential for changing how students learn. Professors and teachers discussed how tablet computers could help students access a wider range of e-textbooks, articles, even fluidly take notes during lectures. Students; however, have not jumped at the chance to use the new tablet technology specifically for textbook assignments. In fact, many students prefer the paper textbook to an e-textbook. According to an article in Inside Higher Ed, students enjoy the mobile capabilities of tablet technology; however, they are not using these tablets for reading e-textbooks.

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Online Courses Increasing in Enrollment

From the Fall semester of 2009 to the Fall semester of 2010, students have chosen to enroll in online courses with increasing regularity. Community colleges have noted a significant increase in their online course enrollment and have incorporated cost effect online degree programs to meet the demands. According to an article on Inside Higher Ed, online courses and degree programs are meeting students' needs for a more flexible education option.

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Professors Making Peace with Wikipedia

While college students look forward to the end of the semester, professors are hastily grading term papers, projects, and various exams. Through the barrage of sources for papers, one source creeps in to many a works cited page—Wikipedia. Wikipedia's vast online resources provide some of the best collected information on certain subjects; however, many of the articles on Wikipedia are grossly full of errors and lack source materials. This may soon change. According to an article in The Chronicle for Higher Education, the Association of Psychological Sciences has issued a call for professors and graduate students to rewrite the factual errors in Wikipedia's psychology articles.

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Online Learning: Budget or Student Friendly?

Across thousands of community college campuses, students have enjoyed the option of attending classes online. Online education has become the new darling of the academic community for its ability to cut costs per student and increase profits for the colleges. While online courses help those who can't attend college classes on campus, some educators question whether online coursework is as beneficial for all students. According to an article in The Chronicle for Higher Education, Rob Jenkins discusses the challenges confronting the online education machine and the measures needed to improve the success rate of online courses.

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Constructing a Dynamic Hybrid Course Website

Most universities incorporate a version of a learning management system or LMS such as Blackboard or Moodle. These systems have allowed professors and students to access learning materials for the course; however, both professors and students are limited to the static nature of many LMS providers. According to an article in The Chronicle for Higher Education, the company TechChange has developed a multi-layered learning management system that incorporates more social media features and builds a more dynamic hybrid course website. Many of these features are available via open source software which can be incorporated into other LMS providers.

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