'Massive open online course' site accepting proposals, launching in early 2014
Google is hoping to improve the online education landscape by helping create a central location for learning online. Working with MIT and Harvard educational initiative edX, Google has launched MOOC.org for 'massive open online courses,' a site that will play host to a number of online courses built upon the Open edX platform.
Leaves post after 2 and one-half years
Vivek Kundra, the nation's first federal CIO, is resigning. Kundra will be leaving public service to join Harvard University's Kennedy School and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society as a fellow. He will depart his government post in August.
Intel to invest $100m into US university research
Intel on Wednesday said it would devote $100 million in cash investments to US university research in the course of the next five years. These funds will be used to support a number of Intel Science and Technology Centers, with the first to be built at Stanford University. Its focus will be on next-generation visual computing.
iPhones for freshmen
Abilene Christian University will be delivering an Apple iPhone or iPod Touch to all members of its incoming class in 2008. Freshmen will use the iPhones or iPod Touches to receive homework alerts, answer in-class surveys and quizzes, get directions to their professors' offices, and check their meal and account balances - "among more than 15 other useful web applications already developed," said ACU Chief Information Officer Kevin Roberts. Roberts was asked to present ACU's creative vision for converged media devices at Apple headquarters to executives and to selected leaders from universities including Harvard, Yale, MIT, Duke, Stanford, Oxford, Princeton and UCLA.
FCC neutrality hearing
The FCC will on Monday hold a public hearing to discuss the ramifications of traffic shaping, it has announced. The focus will specifically be on the concept of net neutrality, an FCC policy which traffic shaping is said to violate, by dictating which services and/or websites an ISP customer can use. Panels at the hearing will be staffed by academics, engineers, lobbyists and politicians, in contrast to a workshop held last year which was mostly helmed by industry representatives and supporters. The hearing is scheduled for 10AM to 4PM at the Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.