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A few days ago my Internet Time Alliance colleague, Harold Jarche, shared this article, written by Deb Lavoy, with me: Social Business Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Does, Neither Does Enterprise 2.0 . The first few paragraphs say it all! “Social Business” is not about technology, or about “corporate culture.”
A new cloud-based service is set to transform the way libraries work, unleashing librarians from their admin burden to focus on services for students and researchers. This cloud service is called the Shared Academic Knowledge Base plus, or KB+, and will be a database covering all ‘subscribed resources’ from a UK higher education perspective. That includes data such like publication information, holdings and rights, subscription management, organisations, licences and evidence such as usage statistics and financial data in an online catalogue across all UK academic libraries. Ben Showers, JISC programme manager, is clearly excited by this initiative. He tells us, “The work is, as one library director who attended a recent briefing day described it, ‘truly transformative’”. Cloud computing allows data, software and computing power to be stored and accessed from a shared, remote server.
15 Nov 2011 by: Margaret Snell Organisations are increasing their investment in learning technologies to help them respond faster to changing business conditions and to build talent.
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Fragile treasures of 16 th century music are now freely available online, thanks to a partnership between Royal Holloway, University of London, the British Library and JISC. The Early Music Online project has digitised more than 300 books of the world’s earliest printed music from holdings at the British Library. Some of the books date back as far as the 1500s and, due to their fragile nature, would not be freely available to researchers, but thanks to this digitization project, musicians from around the world can now source the original music free of charge using the Early Music Online website 1 . Paola Marchionni, programme manager at JISC, said: “The value of this new resource isn’t just in putting the music online – it’s allowing researchers to find the music at their convenience from different access points, such as the project’s website, library catalogues and music databases.
We can talk all we want about what students should learn in the classroom. But the reality is that most teachers have to balance “academics” with a multitude of other lessons: how to be good students, how to be good citizens, and simply how to behave. Behavior management is actually a significant part of what teachers have to do every day, and while there’s a wealth of information to help them with tips and tricks, there isn’t a lot of technology in place to help them with the implementation of best practices. The startup isn’t just interested in “gamifying” good behavior. It wants to foster instrinsic, just not extrinsic, motivations in education. There may be a solution with the use of tech — at least that’s what ClassDojo founder Sam Chaudhary believes.