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Sarah Askins

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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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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Finding a Student's Voice in the Online Classroom

Students attending traditional college campuses have the opportunity to interact with their professors and others students daily. For some students, the logistics of attending college on campus is an impossibility due to geographic limitations, and online classes offer students a way to earn a college degree without being physically present on a college campus. Do online students miss out on the social interactions and discussions that traditional college students engage in daily? Are these discourses important for education, and how can it be incorporated into online courses? According to an article by Mariann Solberg entitled Educating the Citizen of Academia Online?, Solberg posits that online courses need to have a discursive space for social interactions among students and professors by using synchronous technologies in addition to asynchronous.

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Computers for Tutors: Individualized Online Learning

Debuting this summer, a new computer base learning program dubbed Knewton will be introduced into several mathematics classrooms on the Arizona State campus. Knewton provides students with almost instantaneous feedback on their progress, speeds up the material if the students understand the concept, and signals to the professor if students are not grasping course objectives. According to an article in The Chronicle for Higher Education, Knewton and other open source computer based learning programs have the potential to assist students struggling with the course material and reward students who are grasping key concepts in the course.

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Education Apps: The New Use for Smart Phones

With the ubiquitous presence of the iPhone or Droid smart phones on college campuses, students carry around a potential learning tool. Smart phones can access the internet, a plethora of applications designed for education, but how can these devices change education? In 2008, Abilene Christian University wanted to see how smart phones could better education, and they provided students and faculty with iPhones or iPod Touches. According to an article in The Chronicle for Higher Education, several universities are developing applications for smart phones that would help students engage with the material, their professors, and each other.

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