College Planning & Management

DEC 2012

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NEWS + TRENDS TechWatch + ACCESS ANY WHERE KU Joins Wireless Consortium T he University of Kansas (KU) recently partnered with eduroam, a secure worldwide roaming Internet access service developed for the international research and education communities, in an effort to bolster domestic and international outreach — part of KU's Bold Aspirations strategic initiative. Staff, faculty, and students visiting other participating schools around the world will be able to use their KU username and password for WiFi access. Other eduroam participants will be able to do the same at KU. In a press release from KU, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Jeff Vitter says, "International relationships are crucially important to strengthening our University. Our eduroam partnership will support KU travelers as they work and study abroad. In addition, KU attracts top scholars, researchers, and visitors from around the world, and this service is a valuable one we can offer to our guests from other eduroam institutions." Beginning in Europe, eduroam's consortium has nearly 6,000 member organizations among 58 countries. Seventy-eight of these institutions are in the U.S. "We are proud to be one of the fi rst universities in the central United States and one of only two Big 12 institutions to participate in eduroam," says Bob Lim, KU chief information officer, in the same University press release. "KU is a leader in providing technology, which supports the University's Bold Aspirations' goal of being recognized as a top-tier international research institution." Based on secure encryption and authentication standards, eduroam is a more secure alternative to publicly available WiFi hot spots. There is no cost to join the consortium for either the users or their institutions. + BLENDED LEARNING MOOCs in Massachusetts Bunker Hill and MassBay Community Colleges, funded by a $1M grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will be offering a version of the MITx 6.00x Introduction to Computer Science and Programming course starting in spring 2013. Content from this course will include material that is part of edX, a nonprofit organization from Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) that offers massive open online courses (MOOCs). The online course offered at both of the community colleges will be supplemented by in-class material and breakout sessions. The grant to Bunker Hill and MassBay is part of a $9M investment from the Gates Foundation announced this summer to support "breakthrough learning models." Research as part of this initiative will study the advantages, if any, of a blended curriculum of in-class and MOOC content. EdX, along with its online course offerings, also includes research into how students learn and how technology transforms learning conducted by the member institutions. According to edX's website, its "goals combine the desire to reach out to students of all ages, means, and nations, and to deliver these teachings from a faculty who reflect the diversity of its audience." Current courses are available from HarvardX, MITx, and BerkeleyX — all free and open to enrollment from anyone with an Internet connection. Starting in summer 2013, the University of Texas System will join with UTx courses from nine universities and six health institutions. Wellesley is also joining as the only women's college planning to offer courses through a MOOC platform in the fall of 2013. For more information about MOOCs and edX, visit DECEMBER 2012 / COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT 43

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