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Christians and Video Games

Christians and Video Games

Under the title of Let the Gamers Say "Amen!" Christianity Today reviews a new book from Trinity Western University professor Kevin Schut. Of Games and God: A Christian Exploration of Video Games examines the world of video games and offers a Christian commentary and perspective on a billion dollar industry that touches the lives of millions of families.

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Sarah Askins

Open Sourcing Textbooks

For each college student, textbook costs garner a sizable portion of education related expenses. Whether the student enrolls in an online learning courses or a traditional classroom environment, each student must acquire the textbook to complete the course successfully. Decreases in financial aide and other funding may affect how many students can afford their textbooks which could lead to a decline in students' success in the classroom. According to a case study conducted by John Hilton III and David Wiley entitled Open Access Textbooks and Financial Sustainability:A Case Study of Flat World Knowledge, Hilton and Wiley researched this open source textbook company in its beta phase to see if students would welcome open source e-textbooks and if this model could be sustained.

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Sarah Askins

Getting Instructors On Board with E-Textbooks

 

A growing trend among textbook publishers are e-textbooks. In addition to the hard copy of a textbook, textbook publishers offer online learning tools to supplement the textbook materials; however, instructors are not fully utilizing these new online materials. According to an article in The Chronicle for Higher Education, instructors are not recognizing the full potential of the online supplemental materials to improve student performance in the classroom.

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Sarah Askins

Online Textbooks: A Solution for Budget Shortfalls

As many states struggle to cut their education budgets, the Kentucky Board of Education called on its school superintendents to consider online textbooks as a way to save money for the next school year. Several school districts are benefiting from the open source education materials as a means to balance the lack of funds for new textbooks. In a news report out of Owensboro, KY, WFIE documented the successes of online textbooks in both elementary and secondary classrooms.

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Sarah Askins

Community Colleges Replace Printed Textbooks with Online Library

 

As many states face budget shortages, the state of Washington proposes innovative approach to cut education spending and integrate more online resources in the community college classroom. According to an article in The Chronicle for Higher Education, Washington state lawmakers are asking one simple question: “Why require students to buy expensive textbooks every year, when the Internet is awash in information, much of it free?” Lawmakers estimate the transition from expensive textbooks to the new course materials culled from the internet's free resources would save millions of dollars. Resources for the more than 81 courses covered in all of the community colleges would be capped at $30 per course. Thus, costs for materials would be lowered and money saved. According to this article, Cable Green, e-learning director for the Washington Community College system, declares "we believe we can change the cost of attending higher education in this country and in the world.”

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