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From Chalk To Bytes: The Digital Classroom


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George Washington University Associate Professor Frederic Lemieux

Frederic Lemieux, an associate professor at The George Washington University, projects information from a computer while teaching a class. Learning management systems are enabling colleges and universities to experiment with different ways of making the classroom more interactive.

Credit: Jessica McConnell / The George Washington University

The sound of chalk on a blackboard is something you rarely hear on many campuses these days.

That's because more and more professors use technology to distribute course materials, issue grades and enhance communication with students.

Colleges and universities are experimenting with different ways to connect students and teachers. More than 200 institutions, including Stanford and the University of Michigan, are using open-source software created by Sakai or Moodle. These classroom management systems are becoming increasingly popular because they allow schools to adapt the software to meet their needs.

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