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Mathieu Plourde

Technical ignorance is not leadership - 0 views

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    "Decisions are only as good as the implementation that results. Marketing isn't a plan, it's a system of feedback loops from the market that need to be adjusted in real-time. It's one thing for politicians to sign a bill into law, but another to ensure that the bill's intentions are actually encoded into the software that powers government."
Mathieu Plourde

When Unpaid Student Loan Bills Mean You Can No Longer Work - 0 views

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    20 states can revoke licenses for unpaid students loans.
Mathieu Plourde

Wichita Co.: Drastic Change in IT Usage - Story - 0 views

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    "Phones are ringing off the hook for the four-man IT department at the Wichita County courthouse after hundreds of employees discovered Monday their Internet use during work hours is being monitored."
Mathieu Plourde

A possible solution to one college cost problem: free books - 0 views

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    "The plan, announced by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo earlier this month, is among a growing number of attempts to encourage college professors to turn to free, open-licensed materials. And, in this case, the effort is being billed as a way to cut the costs of a college education."
Mathieu Plourde

CC BY 4.0 required on U.S. Department of Labor $150M grant - 0 views

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    To ensure that the Federal investment of these funds has as broad an impact as possible and to encourage innovation in the development of new learning materials, as a condition of the receipt of a Ready to Work grant, the grantee will be required to license to the public all work (except for computer software source code, discussed below) created with the support of the grant under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 (CC BY) license. Work that must be licensed under the CC BY includes both new content created with the grant funds and modifications made to pre-existing, grantee-owned content using grant funds.
Mathieu Plourde

New RI bill aimed to address skills gap and high cost of college - 0 views

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    "Instead of paying tuition and fees, students in the program would sign a contract to pay a percentage of their gross income to the state or their college or university after graduation for a specified number of years. The program would be available only to Rhode Island residents, and students would be required to graduate on time in order to remain eligible."
Mathieu Plourde

New IPEDS Data: Top 20 online US institutions by sector - 0 views

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    "The National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) and its Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) provide the most official data on colleges and universities in the United States. At long last they have started to include data fields for online education (technically distance education, the vast majority of which is online) starting with the preliminary data released through Fall 2012 term. Despite all of the talk about data and measuring online programs, we can only now start to get official information from a central source rather than relying on surveys or institutional data."
Mathieu Plourde

Senators Introduce Bill to Fund Open Education Resources - 0 views

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    A new bill introduced in the U.S. Senate seeks to tackle the rising cost of textbooks by giving states an incentive to experiment with open educational resources. The Affordable College Textbook Act, introduced by U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Al Franken, Democrats of Illinois and Minnesota, respectively, would create a grant program that would fund the creation of new textbooks -- as long as they are made available for free online.
Mathieu Plourde

The Devil's in the Performance-Based Details - 0 views

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    The White House has suggested that the amount of federal student aid that an institution receives should depend on how well it performs on certain key measures. I wholeheartedly agree with this in concept. The question is what those key measures should be. They should include rates of loan default, retention, and graduation. But not tuition.
Mathieu Plourde

States Strike Budget Bargains With Higher Education - 0 views

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    And in many states, a larger state appropriation is part of a compact that lawmakers are striking with college leaders: We'll give you some extra cash if you agree to freeze tuition. It's a bargain that legislators and higher-education leaders are willing to make in order to stem the rising costs of college.
Mathieu Plourde

The TSA Has an Instagram Account - 0 views

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    "The Transportation Security Administration - better known as the TSA, or the folks who pat you down at the airport - has opened its own account on Instagram, the popular photo-sharing service. Yes, really."
Mathieu Plourde

Stop Worrying About Privacy, Start Caring About Identity - 0 views

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    Every entity must learn to curate their Social Identity. Social Identity is how the world perceives an entity. In the past that audience might have been limited or filtered to a select few. No more, social media is the great equalizer and spreads the word fast. Some might call this your brand. Regardless of the naming, data is being collected and directed for use about you. You are being watched and talked about, so what can you do about it? There are six elements of a person, group or government's Social Identity:
Mathieu Plourde

Report Released by U.S. GAO Demonstrates the Need for Open Textbooks - 0 views

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    Findings of the study indicated that faculty are more aware of textbook affordability issues than they used to be, though they see the appropriateness of materials as the most important factor when it comes to choosing resources to use in a course.
Mathieu Plourde

NetSmartz: Tips for online children safety (NCMEC) - 0 views

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    NetSmartz Workshop is an interactive, educational program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) that provides age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer on- and offline. The program is designed for children ages 5-17, parents and guardians, educators, and law enforcement. With resources such as videos, games, activity cards, and presentations, NetSmartz entertains while it educates.
Mathieu Plourde

The Social Senator Reinstills Faith In Government - 1 views

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    On Saturday U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Delaware) spoke at Podcamp East in Wilmington, Del. The fact that he is one of the few elected members of Congress that not only "has" social media but uses it made him the perfect candidate to talk to a completely engaged and social audience about the use of social media in the political and government sphere.
Mathieu Plourde

Clay Shirky: How the Internet will (one day) transform government - 0 views

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    The open-source world has learned to deal with a flood of new, oftentimes divergent, ideas using hosting services like GitHub -- so why can't governments? In this rousing talk Clay Shirky shows how democracies can take a lesson from the Internet, to be not just transparent but also to draw on the knowledge of all their citizens.
Mathieu Plourde

The Internet? We Built That - 0 views

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    "Yes, government financing supported much of the early research, and private corporations enhanced and commercialized the platforms. But the institutions responsible for the technology itself were neither governments nor private start-ups. They were much closer to the loose, collaborative organizations of academic research. They were networks of peers."
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