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Parry, Marc – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
The e-mail drill was one of numerous mind-training exercises in a unique class designed to raise students' awareness about how they use their digital tools. Colleges have experimented with short-term social-media blackouts in the past. But Ms. Hill's course, "Information and Contemplation," goes way further. Participants scrutinize their…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Internet, Electronic Mail, Consciousness Raising
Parry, Marc – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Data mining hinges on one reality about life on the Web: What you do there leaves behind a trail of digital bread crumbs. Companies scoop them up to tailor services, like the matchmaking of eHarmony or the book recommendations of Amazon. Now colleges, eager to get students out the door more efficiently, are awakening to the opportunities of…
Descriptors: Academic Records, Internet, Academic Degrees, Higher Education
Parry, Marc – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Colleges share many things on Twitter, but one topic can be risky to broach: the reading habits of library patrons. Patrons' privacy is precious to most librarians. Yet new Web services thrive on collecting and sharing the very information that has long been protected. This points to an emerging tension as libraries embrace digital services.…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Internet, Reading Habits, Influence of Technology
Parry, Marc – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2010
Traditional online library catalogs do not tend to order search results by ranked relevance, and they can befuddle users with clunky interfaces. However, that's changing because of two technology trends. First, a growing number of universities are shelling out serious money for sophisticated software that makes exploring their collections more…
Descriptors: Computer Software, Internet, Catalogs, Universities
Parry, Marc – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
As the federal government prepares to pour billions of stimulus dollars into increased broadband Internet access, colleges are trying to claim much of the money and shape the emerging national networking policy. Their focus is $4.7-billion that will be doled out under a new grant program administered by a small Commerce Department agency called…
Descriptors: Access to Information, Telecommunications, Internet, Grants
Parry, Marc – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
If you work at a community college that teaches cybersecurity, it pays to be located in the backyard of a spy agency. Just don't ask Kelly A. Koermer, administrator of the Anne Arundel Community College, what's inside those dark towers at Fort Meade. She points out other highlights of the restricted region: an employees-only exit off the highway,…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Internet, Computer Security, National Security
Parry, Marc – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
Evolve or dissolve. That advice, from a recent report on virtual universities, played out in two news stories last May 2009. The University of Texas' online division is staring down a deep budget hole as it loses a longtime subsidy. In Utah, budget cuts have killed a 10-campus online consortium. Those and other predicaments reflect the growing…
Descriptors: Virtual Universities, Online Courses, Computer Uses in Education, Budgets