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Research: Learning Is No Spectator Sport

MOOCs that rely primarily on people watching lectures may be missing an opportunity to help their students learn even more by adding interactive activities. Recent research into massive open online courses suggests that students do six times better in the course by "extra doing."

Research: Your Smart Phone is Still Draining Power Even When the Screen's off

A team of researchers from Purdue University and Intel are on a mission to double the life of smartphone batteries. Recently, they came up with an energy optimizer that promises to cut certain types of battery usage by nearly 16 percent.

Universities Move to Flat-Rate Textbooks

Course materials management company Rafter today announced new agreements with several colleges and universities to deploy Rafter360, technology that provides both print and digital textbooks through a flat-rate model.

Enrollment RX Adds New Apps to CRM Portfolio

Three new applications are expected to make the student admission process quicker and more efficient.

Survey: Librarians and Faculty a Mile Apart on Need for Better Communication

Faculty and librarians don't see eye to eye according to a new survey from Gale and Library Journal.

Texas A&M Prof Gets $3.5-Million To Improve Student Reading Comprehension

A professor at Texas A&M University has received a $3.5-million grant from the United States Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences to continue work on her project to improve reading comprehension for fourth- and fifth-graders who go to school in high-poverty areas.

Carnegie Mellon and City of Pittsburgh Launch Network for City-University Joint Tech Projects

A new university-city partnership network will research, develop and deploy technologies to improve urban infrastructure, city services and civic engagement.

GPS Trackers Helping Researchers Follow Path of Objects in Ocean

A $50 GPS-enabled theft tracker is being used once again in a device that will monitor the transport of oil from its source to the beach when a sea spill occurs, such as the 2010 BP oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.

U Central Florida Signs with 'Concierge' Service for Help in Peaks

The University of Central Florida is working with an external service provider to get help with student services during busy periods.

Researchers at Brown U Develop Terahertz Wireless Multiplexing

A Brown University-led team of researchers has developed a system for multiplexing and de-multiplexing terahertz waves, solving one of the technical challenges of terahertz wireless networking, which could potentially deliver data at rates that are up to 100 times faster than current wireless technology.