college

  • Would You Like A $49 Electronic College Textbook With Lifetime Updates?

    Nature, the folks who brought you the free life sciences learning community Scitable, are today announcing “Principles of Biology”, a college level electronic textbook. Building upon the cross-platform success of Scitable, the new textbook offers a variety of fully interactive features, including quizzes and assessments, an online gradebook for instructors, and more. Perhaps… Read More

  • Don’t Waste Money on a New Computer for College

    Heading off to college? Here’s my suggestion: buy a used laptop from Craigslist and install Ubuntu onto it. Seriously. You don’t need a new computer for college. If you’re pursuing a liberal arts degree, you really don’t need a brand new computer just to write all the papers you’ll write. If you’re pursuing an engineering degree, the chances are high that… Read More

  • Go To College, Take A Zombie Class

    One or two weeks ago we learned about a World of Warcraft-themed university course. We all laughed, then went about our business, not particularly bothered by any of it. Today we learn about a zombie class being taught at the University of Baltimore. Mm. Read More

  • No Joke: University of Florida Class Called ’21st Century Skills in Starcraft’

    Reasonably torn about this next story. There’s an honors class at the University of Florida this semester called “21st Century Skills in Starcraft.” Basically, you play the game for a bunch of weeks, and somewhere along the way you pick up “valuable 21st Century Skills through a hands-on approach.” Sure you do. Read More

  • Barnes & Noble's Blackboard partnership means college students will see nook everywhere they go

    Barnes & Noble continues to makes inroads into the education, um, space. It just announced that it has teamed up with Blackboard, the Web site/software suite that is used in colleges all over the U.S. (Lord knows I had to use it all the time.) The deal should ensure that college students, starting with the upcoming fall semester, have easy access to electronic textbooks. It’ll work… Read More

  • iPad banned from several American universities over 'security' concerns

    Three high-profile American universities, Cornell University, Princeton University, and George Washington University, have banned the iPad from their campuses. George Washington University and Princeton University call the device a “security risk,” while Cornell is concerned about students chewing through too much bandwidth. So much for the iPad being the darling of higher education. Read More

  • Textbook Rental Market Heats Up: BookRenter Raises $6M Series A

    Earlier this month college textbook rental company Chegg raised $112M as part of a combined Series D and debt round, bringing the total raised by the company to a massive $144M. Competitor BookRenter will tomorrow announce a Series A round of $6M, raised from Storm Ventures and Adams Capital Management. BookRenter has only raised a fraction of the capital of their competitor Chegg, but the… Read More

  • You can win $5,000 in some sort of Newegg college student contest

    Fresh off its fancy IPO announcement, Newegg is running an equally fancy contest for American and Canadian college students. Provided you’re 18-year-old (or older) and are attending a U.S. or Canadian college or university, you could win up to $5,000 to spend on whatever the hell you want on the Web site. What do you have to do to win such riches???? Read More

  • Back-to-School: Who are our new college freshman?

    We’re running a Back to School extravaganza right now, but one thing that I don’t know if we really addressed is: Who exactly is going back to school? Or, more accurately, who is going to college for the first time in a few weeks? (That’s who these Back to School things are usually for, freshman. If you’re going back odds are you know exactly what you need and what… Read More

  • Have a college degree, 250 Twitter followers and a blog? Then you can be a senior manager at Best Buy!

    Well, could have been a senior manager—the job seems to have already been filled. Still, let’s talk about it. Best Buy recently posted a job ad on its Web site looking for someone who would be “he primary lead for the Best Buy’s mobile, social, and video marketing and media efforts to drive in-store and online sales, create sustainable word-of-mouth evangelists, and… Read More

  • Oregon and Oregon State take the rivalry online with 24-hour LAN tournament

    Now THAT’S how you settle a rivalry. It’s all Ducks and Beavers this weekend as far as any nerdly Oregonians are concerned, as the two universities are currently in the closing moments of a 24-hour LAN party where the schools’ respective gaming clubs have squared off in the following titles: Command & Conquer 3 Counter Strike: Source Dawn of War Peggle Team Fortress… Read More

  • Wow, colleges are spending a lot of money to combat P2P

    How much does it cost to monitor college students’ anti-American P2P activities? A whole lot, and that’s money colleges could be spending on, I don’t know, education. This chart breaks down the cost of complying with, specifically, the new provisions of the Higher Education Act of 2008. That law, which the RIAA and MPAA were able to lobby their way into, requires colleges try… Read More

  • Back to School: Dorm room light show

    Well, well, well. It’s been quite a back-to-school week here at CrunchGear. We learned a little bit about affordable notebooks and netbooks, what time-draining video games to avoid and even what to do about feeding yourself now that you’re on your own. To close out the week and in honor of Friday, we got a little dorm room light show for you after the jump. Remember to have a… Read More

  • Professor gives up on attendance, moves course online

    Ok, well maybe he is not exactly giving up on the discussion part of his course, but Professor Dave Perry of the University of Texas at Dallas is taking his class online. No college professor will admit that the lecture portion of their class is unnecessary. As much as I tried to convince them otherwise, my instructors never let me get away with skipping class (too much). As much as I thought… Read More

  • Anti-P2P provisions in college funding bill

    The Senate has passed the Higher Education Act (the House passed it earlier this year), which, among other things, provides for federal monies for student loans. What’s most interesting to us here is a provision in the bill, which it’s expected that President Bush will sign into law, that tells college campuses to rein in wanton P2P downloading. To that end, the MPAA will… Read More

  • Apple considering selling iPhone 3G at college campuses

    Looks like Apple is considering selling the iPhone 3G at top universities throughout the country. The move would be the first by Apple to expand sales of the iPhone outside its own retail stores and AT&T’s; it’d be limited to schools where it already has a significant account and presence. Apple had thought about expanding sales of the iPhone to Best Buy last year, but freaked… Read More

  • Buy a Mac, get an iPod touch or nano for free (again)

    Like years past, Apple is offering a deal for incoming college students, and it’s more or less the same one it has offered in the past. Students who buy a Mac (which includes the MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and iMac) will get a free iPod touch or iPod nano. My advice: go with the MacBook+iPod touch combo. You can’t bring an iMac to class, and an iPod touch can do so much… Read More

  • Order this beer pong table NOW!!!

    I played a lot of beer pong and flipper in college. It was fun, but it got a little unsanitary when people forgot to wash the balls after each throw. Drinking beer with whatever filth is on the table or floor is disgusting. My alma mater had a huge contingent of engineers and quite a few of them were in my fraternity, which makes me wonder why none of them thought of this contraption made by… Read More

  • Privacy, security concerns? When colleges require your cellphone number to register for classes [Update2]

    Check out this bureaucratic bullshit. My wonderful school, NYU, now requires students surrender their cellphone number in order to register for Fall classes. It’s all in the name of safety, of course, as are most attacks on liberty. Think of the children, we’re only protecting you, etc. I’ve included the full text of the e-mail, if you’re so inclined. Read More

  • MacBooks for all at Oklahoma Christian University

    Oklahoma Christian University joins the list of colleges across the country to “give away” Apple products to incoming freshman. New students will receive a MacBook and their choice of an iPhone or iPod Touch. Of course we all know that the costs of such giveaways are built into the ever-rising tuition at schools everywhere but it’s a nice way for kids to get some new gadgets… Read More