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EdTech News Roundup: The Netflix Effect, Student Privacy Safeguards, and Librarians as the Future of EdTech

Posted in Ed Tech on April 16, 2011 by

In this week’s EdTech News Roundup, check out articles about “smart” course recommendations, new student privacy safeguards, and why librarians might just be the future of campus computing.

1. The Netflix Effect: When Software Suggests Students’ Courses

A handful of colleges have begun using software similar to Netflix’s movie recommendation engine–except instead of recommending movies to watch, they’re helping students choose what courses to take. Read more about the pros and cons in this article from The Chronicle of Higher Education.

2. U.S. Education Department Launches Initiative to Safeguard Student Privacy

The U.S. Department of Education recently announced new measures to safeguard student privacy, while clarifying the laws around states’ sharing of school data. Read more in this article from EducationNews.

3. Reversing Course, U of California to Borrow Millions for Online Courses

The UC system announced that it will borrow at least $2 million to build online courses–rather than relying on outside grants or donations, as university leaders previously stated. Read more in this article from The Chronicle of Higher Education.

4. Idaho Law Favors Tech Over Teacher Salaries

The governor of Idaho signed into law Friday the centerpiece of a major education reform plan that shifts money from salaries to fund new technology and teacher merit pay. Read more in this article from eSchoolNews.

5. 5 Reasons Librarians Are the Future of EdTech

Read more about why the future of campus computing belongs to librarians in this article from Inside Higher Ed. Hint: technology experience, collegiality, and service orientation are all important factors.