July 2010 Archives


Hunch is a service that attempts to fine-tune search results based on personal preferences. It does this by asking a series of seemingly unrelated questions, and then using similar responses from other people to predict interests.

This might not be useful now, but could we use similar techniques to better understand student needs and expectations? It may be worth a closer look, so we thought we would give it a try. The questions below will attempt to match up the interests of people reading the CTAAR newsletter.

(A warning to Facebook users: Hunch and Facebook apparently share information with each other, without notifying you. You may notice a Hunch icon the next time you log in to Facebook. If that concerns you, go to the Facebook settings page and remove the Hunch application.)

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In an important decision today, the Library of Congress announced that key uses of digital media are no longer violations of the "Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA)". The DMCA provides that the Library of Congress may exempt specific practices, during 3-year reviews of the law's effect on fair use. 

Two exemptions in particular are of interest in education (see the Library of Congress link above for the exact text of the decision).
  • DVDs can be legally copied (or "ripped" in the technical jargon) provided the copying is limited to short portions, and that the use is educational, documentary, or noncommercial.
  • Literary works in electronic book format that are only available in editions that are locked to prevent "read aloud" or screen-readers for the blind can legally have the locks circumvented (or "cracked" in the jargon). 

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The results of the Spring 2010 Student Instructional Rating Survey have been published for the university community. 

To view the results, please visit the Student Instructional Rating Survey Results page and log in with your NetID:

Please be advised that the University Counsel has determined that posting Student Instructional Rating Survey information for Teaching Assistants must cease as of Fall 2004 because of the requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99). Therefore no records for any Teaching Assistants will be available on this site as of Fall 2004 and for future terms.

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