Broadcast news among student projects at Westville technology fair

WESTVILLE — When the dismissal bell rings, Westville High School students D.J. Nourie and Dawn Delp can't wait to power on their electronic devices, but we're not talking smart phones, iPods or video-gaming systems.

Shredding event set for Saturday

CHAMPAIGN — Crimestoppers of Champaign County wants to help citizens avoid identity theft. The 25-year-old organization is sponsoring a shredding event in Champaign later this month.

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004 Technologies cited as 'best new company'

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign-based 004 Technologies USA recently won the 2012 Best New Company award from the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest.

The mobile application development firm is a subsidiary of 004 Beratungs Dienstleistungs GmbH, an e-commerce services firm in Aschaffenburg, Germany.

Graduating couple met at school - online - via UI

CHAMPAIGN — Plenty of people meet their future spouse in college, and online matches are no longer a novelty.

Valerie Miller and Jesse Lambertson managed to do both.

They are graduating from the University of Illinois this weekend — in absentia — with a master's degree in library science from the library school's "LEEP" online education program.

Pilot class helps Parkland students write applications for faculty members

CHAMPAIGN — Eric Terhark is looking for a change in careers.

This semester, Terhark, 39, of Monticello was part of a pilot class taught by David Bock at Parkland College that may help with that change.

Benefits touted for high-speed rail

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign County needs to pursue both a high-speed rail line and improved air service, the CEO of the county's economic development group says.

John Dimit said a 220-mph rail line running from Chicago to St. Louis via Champaign makes sense from both a transportation and economic development standpoint.

Bring out your dead electronics

CHAMPAIGN — The first Champaign County residential electronics recycling event of the year will be Saturday morning at The News-Gazette distribution center.

GPS provides cross-cultural experience for young scientists

URBANA — A lesson on GPS units might have taught local fourth-graders how the technology can be used in scientific fields.

But it also resulted in a multilayered lesson that included science, language, working with high school students and an appreciation of different cultures.

After UI's short-lived experiment, Web courses, enrollment on rise

URBANA — MOOCs, moodles, wikis.

What's your online learning IQ?

A MOOC is a "massive, open online course." Moodle is an open-sourced e-learning platform. And with wikis, many different users contribute to online content.

Lessons from $18 million Global Campus failure

In his inauguration address in September 2005, then-University of Illinois President B. Joseph White first introduced the concept of a fourth, virtual campus to the university community.

Could the university create something that would combine the academic quality of the University of Illinois with the user-friendliness of the University of Phoenix?

The UI would give it a shot.