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April 8, 2013 | Joan Cheverie
Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have become the buzzword these days.  Besides the interest and the hype associated with MOOCs, campuses are having serious discussions about the opportunities and challenges that these online courses pose.  The EDUCAUSE Executive Briefing, What Campus...
April 5, 2013 | Joan Cheverie
The Copyright Alert System (CAS), which is a partnership between copyright owners and Internet Service Providers (ISPs), went into effect on February 25, 2013.  The goal of the CAS is to cut down on illegal peer-to-peer file sharing of copyrighted material and is devised to be an educational...
March 20, 2013 | Joan Cheverie
On March 20, 2013, Register of Copyrights, Maria Pallante, testified before the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet where she advocated for an update to the copyright law.  Her testimony was based on her recent lecture at the...
March 20, 2013 | Joan Cheverie
The Supreme Court issued its opinion, on March 19, 2013, in a case heard last fall that has implications for higher education.  The question before the Court was -  How do Section 602(a)(1) of the Copyright Act, which prohibits the importation of a work without the authority of the...
March 20, 2013 | Joan Cheverie
ECPA reform is an important topic for Congress this session.  Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) has championed this reform and says that it is an important agenda item for the Committee.  House Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert Goodlatte (R-VA) said that...
March 20, 2013 | Valerie M. Vogel
The Internet2 Scalable Privacy Project (ScalePriv), funded with the recent National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) grant to Internet2, is seeking campuses to participate in the Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) Cohortium*. Applications are open until April 26, 2013 (note the...
March 13, 2013 | Jarret Cummings
The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) continues to raise concerns about the accessibility of Amazon's Kindle devices as well as its Kindle apps for other devices (e.g., the iPad) for persons with visual disabilities. On its Kindle Books page, NFB provides a chart comparing the...
March 13, 2013 | Rodney J. Petersen
The National Institute for Standards in Technology (NIST) has announced a Cybersecurity Framework Workshop to be held on April 3rd at its headquarters in Gaithersburg, Maryland.  According to the announcement, "NIST is interested in collecting information about current risk management...
March 13, 2013 | Jarret Cummings
As numerous mainstream and higher education media outlets have reported--for two, see the New York Times and Inside Higher Education--the California state senate president is poised to introduce a bill that would provide students with a pathway around curricular bottlenecks--introductory courses...
March 12, 2013 | Karen A. Wetzel
The SHLB Coalition has provided a nice summary of the February 27 hearing of the House Communications and the Internet Subcommittee. At what SHLB describes as a "contentious" hearing, although both the BTOP and BIP programs "took some hits" there does not "appear to be any plans...
March 12, 2013 | Rodney J. Petersen
As a follow-up to our recently reported Policy Update blog entitled "Copyright Alert System Goes into Effect," the Congressional Internet Caucus held a briefing on Capitol Hill on "Combating Piracy online:  The Copyright Alert System, A Voluntary Approach."  The briefing...
March 12, 2013 | Rodney J. Petersen
What is your campus policy and procedure for access to employee email?  If you don't know - or you don't have it written down - it might be time to review your practice, write it down, and vet it with the appropriate governance bodies.  The issue of administration access to...
March 12, 2013 | Jarret Cummings
The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) has released a fact sheet for proposed national legislation to enact a key recommendation of the Postsecondary Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) Commission report released over a year ago. (For more on the AIM Commission, please see the end of this...
March 12, 2013 | Valerie M. Vogel
Security, privacy, and IT professionals from the higher education community will gather in St. Louis next month (April 15-17) for the 2013 Security Professionals Conference. This year's program features several new offerings for face-to-face and online attendees:
March 11, 2013 | Jarret Cummings
Just in time for Open Education Week, Inside Higher Education reports the University of California, Irvine, (an Open Courseware Consortium member) has made the full course curriculum for an undergradate chemistry major, including video lectures, available online via its OpenChem initiative. As UCI...
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