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E D I TO R ’ S N OT E recently had the opportunity to interview Richard Baraniuk for our continuing series on “Education Innovators.” Baraniuk, a professor at Rice University (Texas), is the founder of Connexions, an open education resource project, and its offshoot OpenStax College. We discussed many things, including groundbreaking work in technologies that will one day lead to e-textbooks capable of learning their users’ preferences. That branched off into a side conversation about things like machine learning and algorithms, topics that appeal to my, shall we say, “geeky” side. It was a thought-provoking conversation, and I told him so. Baraniuk said I was in an enviable For example, although tablet PCs position. “Education is exciting. It’s Some things start out have been around for many years, they the hottest thing around right now,” he were heavy, bulky, and prohibitively said. “There is so much opportunity out promising but don’t take expensive contraptions. It wasn’t until there. It must be fun for you to come to off as their creators the introduction of the lightweight, work every day.” easy to use, and comparatively cheap It is, and it’s true. To me, educational envisioned they would. iPad two years ago that they began to technology is an endlessly fascinating find a place in the classroom. area and, while it may not be readily apOutside the classroom, we are witparent from the 30,000-foot view, there nessing dramatic advances in things is an undercurrent of change taking place every day. Some things start out promising but don’t take off like immersive video and gaming technology, facial scanners as their creators envisioned they would. (SecondLife anyone?) that can estimate your mood as you pass by, and cars that reOthers hang on, evolving as the technology changes, and may spond and adapt to our personal driving habits. Is it that far of a leap to get to a textbook that learns about ultimately define a new paradigm in education. Hearing about these technology advances and talking to the you as you learn from it? Some of these advances may appear to be more style than people driving them is one reason I went into journalism—for the opportunity to always learn new things and pass them on substance, but perhaps we just haven’t figured out the best way to use them yet. As Baraniuk says, “Just imagine applying to readers. Here at UB, we sometimes get a sneak peek at these prod- those same ideas to learning.” ucts and technologies in their early stages. We know that they won’t all be successful, but we also know many of them contain the building blocks of what future generations will one day Write to Tim Goral at take for granted. STATEMENT OF OWNERSHIP MANAGEMENT AND CIRCULATION (As required under the act of August 12, 1970, section 3685, Title 39, United States Code; Filed September, 2012) The title of this publication is University Business (Publication #018-802). It is published 10 times per year with combined issues July/August and November/December. The publication is located at the general business offices of Professional Media Group, 488 Main Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06851. The Editor is Tim Goral, 488 Main Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06851. The Publisher is Daniel E. Kinnaman, 488 Main Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06851. The owner is Professional Media Group LLC, 488 Main Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06851. Its owner is Joseph J. Hanson, 488 Main Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06851. There are no bonds, mortgages, or other security holders. The average number of copies printed per issue was 47,519 during the preceding 12 months (10 issues); for September, 2012, 47,080 copies were printed. No copies were sold through dealers, carriers, street vendors, or over counters. The average number of request copies mailed during the preceding 12 months (10 issues) was 42,403; for the September issue, 42,368, copies were requested. The average number of sample, complimentary or free copies distributed by mail for each issue during the past 12 months was 2,906; for September, 2012, the figure was 2,955. The average number of free distribution copies per issue, outside the mail (carriers and other means), was 340 during the past 12 months and 0 for the month of September, 2012. The average total free for the twelve months was 3,896; 3,673 for the month of September 2012. The average number of copies not distributed during the 12-month period was 1,179; September, 2012’s undistributed copies number 999. No returns were received from newsagents. The 12-month average total distribution per issue was 47,519; for the September 2012 issue 47,080. The 12-month average request circulation percentage was 92.3%; 92.0% for the September 2012 issue. I certify that the above statements are correct and complete. Dana Kubicko, Director of Production & Circulation. 8 | November 2012 I An Exciting Time

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of University Business - November 2012

University Business - November 2012
Editor’s Note
College Index
Ad Index
Behind the News
Financial Aid
Internet Technology
Security: Show and Tell?
P byo Dasvidt Gieenr g a Threat
Inside Look: Residence Halls
Education Innovators
12 Options for IT Project Funding
What’s New
End Note

University Business - November 2012