Presentations, HE funding

A wonderful gallery of Keynote and Powerpoint presentations.

Note & Point

Whoever gets in next week will give us all a tough time.

New ways to fund universities are essential now
What is clear is that unless other sources of funding are sought creatively, the next government will have the unenviable task of dividing the cake between taxpayers, universities and graduates in ways that may not leave any of these groups truly satisfied.

Search for it

BBC – dot.Maggie: Getting organised the Google way
Not surprisingly, when it comes to technological solutions, Mr Merrill errs on the side of Google. For example, he tells me that “search is the oxygen of today’s world”. By that, he means that there is no need to remember everything because we can search for it. Take email. Forget trying to purge old messages and reach the holy grail of an empty inbox. It’s a waste of time, energy and effort, says Mr Merrill, and only causes us more angst.

HE VR

A cautionary tale of virtual universities, griefers and ‘the authorities’.

Woodbury U. Banned From Second Life, Again
Woodbury University’s virtual campus in Second Life was torn down yesterday by Linden Lab, the company that operates the virtual world, and the accounts of several students and professors were blocked. The tale involves virtual superheroes, accusations of vandalism, and conflicting ideas of what a campus should look like in a virtual world.

Integrating Twitter

Any opportunities here for HEIs to improve (prospective?) student engagement?

Twitter Blog: It’s Alive!
Last month we previewed an incredibly simple set of web tools which enable partner websites to easily integrate Twitter functionality into their site experience called @anywhere. The idea is that web users will be able to engage with existing Twitter features from all of their favorite sites. Today, we’re happy to announce this service is live and ready for anyone who wants to build a little Twitter into their online experience.