Friday, June 10, 2011

Library Mobile > 6 > Configuring The 'Future Textbook'

The Sixth > New Column > Configuring The 'Future Textbook', Searcher v. 19 no. 3 (April 2011) p. 43-47.

In late May 2006, more than 50 educators and publishers, representing a wide range of specialties, gathered at the National Academy of Sciences, in Washington, D.C., to participate in a 3-day National Science Foundation-funded workshop titled "Reconsidering the Textbook."

Through small- and large-group discussions, the attendees "examined the current state of the textbook and its relationship to the growing number of electronic tools that also serve as learning resources for today's students" and sought to envision the textbook of the future.

At the conclusion of the workshop there was general consensus that:

[T]he textbook of the future will be more than a static printed  volume. ... It will function as a guide, interweaving and coordinating a variety of different learning resources including animations, simulations, and interactive exercises. ... [It will] be easily searchable, and thus would be learner accessible with a flexible electronic interface.

The group envisioned the "Future Textbook" - whether printed or electronic - as "the organizing hub of an  integrated learning environment [that would] become increasingly adaptable, customizable, and responsive." They imagined it as a "Web-linked travel guide" that was modular by design, thus allowing an instructor to configure content to suit the goals of a particular course as well as the specific needs of individual students. In this view, access to networked resources would strongly promote higher-level thinking. The group also agreed that the Future Textbook would be integrated with course management systems.


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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Library Mobile > 5 > Abilene Christian University: An Exemplar Mobile University

The Fifth > New Column > Abilene Christian University: An Exemplar Mobile University, Searcher v. 19 no. 3 (April 2011) p. 34-37.

Abilene Christian University (ACU) is a Christian university offering more than 65 baccalaureate majors in more than 125 areas of study, as well as 25 master's degree programs and a doctoral program. Located on a 250-acre campus in the city of Abilene in west-central Texas, ACU has an annual enrollment of approximately 4,700 students.

According to "America's Best Colleges" , a special report published in August 2010 by Forbes, Abilene Christian University is "among the best in the country," with a ranking of No. 484 of the more than 6,600 accredited postsecondary institutions eligible for consideration in the magazine's assessment. ACU is also recognized in the rankings of U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges," in The Princeton Review's "Best in the West," as a "College of Distinction" by Student Horizons, and in 'America's 100 Best College Buys" and "America's Best Christian Colleges."

ACU is a founding member of the Consortium for Innovation & Research in Converged Learning (CIRCL), a free community-supported network of researchers, professors, teachers, and other education professionals engaged in mobile and converged learning practice and research. In 2009, ACU was designated a Center of Excellence for its mobile-learning program by the New Media Consortium at its 2009 summer conference.


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Library Mobile > 4 > ’B’ is for ‘Blackberry'

The Fourth > New Column > 'B' is for 'BlackBerry' > Searcher v. 18 no. 10 (December 2010): 50-53.

BlackBerry smartphones are designed and manufactured by Research In Motion (RIM), founded in 1984 and headquarteredin Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. RIM launched the first BlackBerry in 1999; current models include the Bold, Curve, and Storm series, as well as the Torch and Tour.

According to a mid-September 2010 comScore press release,"RIM remained the leading mobile smartphone platform in the U.S. with 39.3 percent share of U.S. smartphone subscribers," despite losing a market share of nearly 2% to smartphones using the Android operating system. Based on its review, comScore estimates that 53.4 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones during the 3 months ending July 2010, an increase of more than 10% from the corresponding April 2010 period.

For the second quarter of 2010, RIM reported that its BlackBerry smartphone shipments grew to 12.1 million units, an increase of 45% over the same quarter in 2009. In addition, its subscriber account base grew to 50 million, an increase of nearly 56% over the 2009 period. As of June 30, 2010, RIM had shipped approximately 115 million units.


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