Long time no see. Dear College Needs Corner fans (if any) here are some exciting news I found out today:

  • From The Washington Post the article “Online college courses to grant credentials, for a fee” says:

    Providers of free online college courses are experimenting with academic security measures that will enable students who successfully complete the courses to obtain credentials, for a small fee, that convey some of the cachet of a premier university.

    The credentials, or certificates, won’t translate into course credit toward a degree — at least not at big-name schools — because questions persist about how much those schools are willing to grant students who don’t pay tuition, as well as about the potential for cheating online.

    The fees may range between $30 and $100.

  • From Computerworld the article Vint Cerf: Nobody’s too old for tech quotes:

    Vint Cerf, known as the father of the Internet, says technology has not only changed the way we communicate but it’s changing the way we live our lives. Speaking at the International CES show Tuesday, Cerf said one of the things he focuses on is telling people that they’re never too old to use technology.

    “As part of our interactions, machines have become integral,” said Cerf. “This is pretty powerful. It changes the way we discover things. It changes how we think about communications. It changes how we communicate and who we communicate with.”

    “Can you imagine if our clothes were Internet-enabled?” he asked. “Can you imagine if you lost a sock? You could send out a search and sock No. 3117 would respond that it’s under the couch in the living room. But maybe that’s not a good idea because you could tell your wife you’re at work but then she texts you to say your shirt says it’s down at the bar.”

  • From Networkworld an article titled US Library of Congress saving 500 million tweets per day in archives says:

    The U.S. Library of Congress is now storing 500 million tweets per day as part of its efforts to build a Twitter archive, and has added a total of about 170 billion tweets to its collection.

    Twitter signed an agreement in April 2010 to provide the library with an archive of every public tweet since the company went live in 2006, and the Library of Congress recently provided an update on its progress. The initial stage of the project, which includes a complete copy of all tweets covering that four-year span, will be finished by the end of the month.

    “It is clear that technology to allow for scholarship access to large data sets is lagging behind technology for creating and distributing such data,” the library noted in a public document about its progress.

    The library said it already maintains similar collections, such as an archive of web sites related to government and policy matters that is over 300 terabytes in size.

    The government library’s collection includes over 34.5 million books and 66.6 million manuscripts. It is officially the working library of the U.S. Congress, but also serves as a national archive of written works for the country.

So we really live in a computerized world where information is king (or queen).

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