Orwell 2.0? De Montfort proposes wi-fi surveillance

With students expected to become increasingly consumerist after the hike in tuition fees, universities may start to view campus wi-fi as a strong selling point. But plans at De Montfort University may give students pause for thought about the virtues of an ever-present internet connection: the institution is considering using its network to monitor attendance via electronic chips in students' ID cards. Other universities have introduced electronic attendance monitoring, but an automated system using wi-fi…

Technology Gripes!

Always interesting to see how technology is perceived by academics (I recognise many of these complaints)... and this is just the tech section! Describing a recent lecture, another diarist writes: "The room is quite small, claustrophobic and very hot. It didn't start well - the room was locked when I arrived and it took 10 minutes for someone from customer services to come and unlock it. "Then the data projector took five minutes to load…

Austerity will usher in new technological age, v-c says @timeshighered

UUK president-elect foresees IT benefits among the coalition carnage. Hannah Fearn reports Universities that are forced to get by on dwindling budgets will drive a revolution in information technology, the next president of Universities UK has predicted. Eric Thomas, vice-chancellor of the University of Bristol, opened the Jisc annual conference in Liverpool this week by arguing that funding shortages would help to improve the use of IT within the academy. He warned that state funding…

Reboot camp

Journalists: need new media knowledge! Aspiring and seasoned US journalists alike are looking to tech-savvy graduate schools to help them survive and thrive in a new multimedia environment. Jon Marcus reports Jennifer Hellum's first semester as a graduate student in journalism school taught her, among other things, how to function with almost no sleep. That experience came courtesy of the "boot camp" for new students at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication,…

Are Universities aware of open-learning models?

"Open learning and new technology are about to smash the structure of the modern university - and higher education is too distracted by its funding problems to notice. Peter Smith, the senior vice-president of academic strategies and development for private US firm Kaplan Higher Education, said online access to university courses would end the model of higher education based on "scarcity" of places. "Faculty and people who run universities are no longer in control," he…