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The American Institute of Architects - Provider Best Practices- Reporting Course Attendance Using QR Codes, For Providers

The American Institute of Architects - Provider Best Practices- Reporting Course Attendance Using QR Codes, For Providers | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Check this out! The AIA CEU folks have recognized SCUP's professional development staff for innovative ways of reducing the stress and costs around reporting attendance at events via QR codes.

Doing more for members, with less, innovatively. Be part of the next innovation in late September: http://www.scup.org/pubs/MOJO.

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How to Read ePub Files on Laptops/Desktops and More

All of SCUP's newer books, and newer versions of our journal, Planning for Higher Education, are available in several digital reading formats. One is ePub. This article could be very helpful to you, in becoming able to read ePub files on your computer.


Some of us don't like reading on tiny devices. That's where this article comes in: It illustrates a number of easy ways to read ePubs, including on your laptop or desktop.


If you aren't reading digitally, you will be. 

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4 Ways Technology Can Reduce Higher Ed Costs | Inside Higher Ed

Provocative:


"Senior campus technology leaders should be held accountable for developing and delivering on plans to:

  • Increase Quality
  • Increase Access
  • Reduce Costs

Every project that technology touches (which now means most things we do in higher ed) should be looked at through the lenses of quality, access and costs. It is no longer adequate to address one or two legs of this three legged stool."

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Amazon.com: Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren't the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room (9780465021420): David Weinberger: Books

Amazon.com: Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren't the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room (9780465021420): David Weinberger: Books | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Amazon.com: Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren't the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room (9780465021420): David Weinberger: Books...


Sounds good. Anyone read it?

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History Flushed: The digital age promised vast libraries, but they remain incomplete

History Flushed: The digital age promised vast libraries, but they remain incomplete | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

IN 1086 William the Conqueror completed a comprehensive survey of England and Wales.


The digital age promised vast libraries, but they remain incomplete. From The Economist.

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Barbarians at the Gate: Welcome!

Barbarians at the Gate: Welcome! | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
The tension between commerce and higher education isn’t likely to get less provocative over the next few years. While campuses have become accustomed to having vendors assume responsibility for f...


More thoughts coming from the ASU Education Innovation Summit: "reports from the event note that the majority of participants, and almost all of the speakers were not educators, but entrepreneurs, technology company executives and investors."

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20 Things Disrupting Education Right Now | Edudemic

20 Things Disrupting Education Right Now | Edudemic | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

We're not sure that we agree that all of these are either (a) disruptive or (b)n different from each other. What do you think of this (alphabetical) list?

  • Apple Textbook Initiative
  • Charter Schools
  • Common Core Adoption (i.e., one set of national standards)
  • Flipped Classroom
  • Gender-specific Classes
  • Growth of homeschooling
  • iPad Implementation
  • iTunes U
  • Khan Academy
  • MIT OpenCourseWare
  • MITx
  • New Learning Models
  • Personalized Learning
  • Professional Learning Communities
  • Project-Based Learning
  • Race to the Top
  • Service-based Learning
  • Smartphone Integration
  • Social Media Integration
  • Teach for America
  • Traditional Differentiation
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Clickers Offer Instant Interactions in More Venues, Not Just College Classrooms

The use of clickers has spread from classroom pop quizzes to corporate presentations and church sermons, as efforts increase to encourage participation and gauge opinions.

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Transfering Mobi Files To Your Kindle

Hey, if you have a Kindle, you need to know this, in order to make themost our of SCUP publications. 


This is ONE way to load a MOBI file into your Kindle. The video is less than one minute in length.

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Moving Outside the LMS: Matching Web 2.0 Tools to Instructional Purpose | EDUCAUSE

An EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative case study from Georgia Southern University:


"While LMSs continually add tools to provide additional functionality, they typically lag behind the tools available in the Web 2.0 world. In addition, many of the newest Web 2.0 tools are developed for specific sets of users (medicine or education, for example). Since an LMS is used across many different college programs, it is not feasible for the commercial LMS to develop content-specific tools. The most compelling argument for the use of Web 2.0 tools may be that it is simply unnecessary to pay for additional modules/functions within an
LMS when tools that serve learning objectives well are free and widely available. To accommodate a “pedagogy comes first” philosophy, instructors should not feel limited by the set of tools contained within an LMS."

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Katya Rybin's curator insight, March 9, 2015 9:38 AM

This Web tool is useful for different college programs, such as medicine. These tools are free and can used with an easy access and is dependable.

Alexis Williams's curator insight, March 9, 2015 9:50 AM

This is a very compelling tool that your professor can use to help you. Most importantly its free

 

sajeda omar's curator insight, March 13, 2015 1:20 PM

this post talks about how web 2.0 tools have advanced and are widely used , it also talks about the critics of web 2.0 tools and how they should maybe be improved. 

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QikPad Beta - Instant Collaboration Tool

QikPad is a free online collaboration tool. Instantly view updates from multiple users. Click here create your first QikPad.


It works well. You can instantly create a new collaborative document, then share it with others. Each user's comments are a different color. Could change your conference calls.

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Mixed Signals: Smart Phone Sensors Recruited to Deliver Indoor GPS: Scientific American

Mixed Signals: Smart Phone Sensors Recruited to Deliver Indoor GPS: Scientific American | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Duke University researchers are developing a mobile app that uses WiFi antennas, cellular radios and other detectors to guide smart phone users...
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What Apple’s Vibrating Pen Tells Us About the Future of Everything | Cult of Mac

What Apple’s Vibrating Pen Tells Us About the Future of Everything | Cult of Mac | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
What Apple’s Vibrating Pen Tells Us About the Future of Everything http://t.co/9zOcplK1 #SCUP: 'haptics' is a term you should ...


Can you say "haptics"?

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As Elite Colleges Invite the World Online, Questions Remain on Their Business Plans - Next - The Chronicle of Higher Education

They're exciting. Yes. But we, also, have wondered what the business plan is. The Chronicle editor Jeff Selingo muses:


"With some real dollars at stake, do these elite universities know something about the future of higher education that the rest of us don’t? Or with their billions in endowments, do they have the luxury of throwing money at ideas, to see which ones stick? Or are they simply altruistic, and want to provide free education to the world?


From where I sit, it doesn’t seem like any of these universities have a business plan for these massive open online courses or MOOC’s, as they are known. In recent weeks, at various gatherings, I’ve heard plenty of ideas for a business model, although I’m not sure all of them are viable. They could eventually follow the iTunes model and sell access to a course for $1.99. That starts adding up to real money if you get 100,000+ people to sign up. Depending on the course subject, they could sell access to corporate recruiters. That’s essentially what Sebastian Thrun did last fall, when he sent the résumés of his best students from his Stanford MOOC to Google and other Silicon Valley companies.


Perhaps the best idea I’ve heard so far is that the universities could use these courses as an alternative admissions system."

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The Fallacy of Information Overload - Brian Solis

The Fallacy of Information Overload - Brian Solis | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Solis has a rewarding frame within which to look the pros and cons of "information overload"from both a personal and a planing professional view: "We are the engineers of the mdeia levees that presently overflow."


"Social media has gifted us a new democracy. And with it, the ability to connect to people around the world and create, share, and devour knowledge, entrainment, and irrelevant information at will. It’s as intimidating as it is beautiful. We have passed the Attention Rubicon and there is no turning back. The towers of social media will not come crumbling down upon the foundation of a former reality when we or the generations before us led a much simpler life. The key for us now is forged in self-control or some form of aspirational governance that focuses our connects and interactions.


Indeed, there is a very real human cost of social connectivity. But, the symptoms of information overload are only a reflection of our inability or lack of desire to bring order to our chaos. See, we are the engineers of the media levees that prevent overflow."

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Lessons for 20th-Century Living: You Need to Know How to Place a Phone Call

Lessons for 20th-Century Living: You Need to Know How to Place a Phone Call | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"It may be hard to believe now, but in the 1920s people had to learn how to dial, much like we once learned how to text ... ."


How many of us look at digital reading and feeling like this?


"We forget how much of our interactions with technology, however "intuitive," are learned behaviors. For many the idea of needing to learn how to use the thermostat, the stove, the phone, or even a new piece of software seems absurd. We expect things to work, without having to work ourselves. We're out of the habit of exploration. Hence the rise of the "technology petting zoo," a program at library training conferences and local libraries across the country, where participants have a chance to play with high-tech tools they may not have seen or used before. We might as well get used to learning to use our tools, because learning how to learn is a skill we'll always need."

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The Future Is Now: Anything Can Be A Touch Screen Thanks To Disney Research

The Future Is Now: Anything Can Be A Touch Screen Thanks To Disney Research | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Any surface, including liquid and the human body, can be turned into a multi touch interface with a new technology developed by researchers at Disney and Carnegie Mellon University, opening the door to making everyday objects intelligent, the...


So, what does this do to learning space design? 

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Efficiency Is Always Efficient | Inside Higher Ed

The anonymous blogger, G. Rendell, is a SCUP member:


"[L]et's face it -- if we want to play solitaire efficiently, it doesn't require a computer costing five hundred dollars or more. It only requires a deck of cards costing a couple of bucks and consuming zero electricity. If we, as a society, approached all our problems on that simple and practical a level, state budget hearings might not need to be so long and boring. And inefficient. (Not to mention ineffective.)"

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The New Generation of Thermal Imaging | Facilities Manager Magazine

The New Generation of Thermal Imaging | Facilities Manager Magazine | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Thermal imaging is useful for many things, including detecting moisture leaks in building envelopes.

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Infograhic: Facebook University

Infograhic: Facebook University | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
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Self-Service Budgeting at Drew University | User Friendly | Business Officer

Self-Service Budgeting at Drew University | User Friendly | Business Officer | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Howard Buxbaum explains how, "[A]t Drew University, a new software application offers easy-to-use options for deans and department heads to calculate their respective budgets. When people select criteria and enter their own figures, errors and confusion are lower and ownership begins to take hold."

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