So the website, IntelliGrad, came up with the "first 2.0 Campus Rankings" and posted them on their blog. They based this on "innovation of alumni, innovative use of technology in teaching, school size, school location, entrepreneurship/web-related course offerings, 'wiredness,' endowment & number of students, student voice/engagement."
They say "Please take this with a grain of salt" we invite comments, feedback and suggestions. I'm sure we have missed some great schools."
I'm taking it with some salt, but I'm happy to seemy NJIT at #6, and especially happy to see Serendipity35 get a very nice mention.
Are we really #6? Is Serendipity35 the best EdTech blog? I'd have a little trouble writing the persuasive essay for that assignment - BUT - I will agree that NJIT has got some good things happening and that we are not as well-known as we should be.
We are an iTunes U school (launching by the end of this year) and we have been using RSS & podcasting for almost a year and will be adding feeds for public information soon. We have sites on MySpace, YouTube, Facebook and all the rest of the social networking sites that our prospective & current students are using. We use online promotions - like this one about our biomedical engineering research that is being used to reach donors.
So, here are their rankings (more info on individual schools at the original article):
1. U. Cal Berkley
3. University of Arizona
5. University of Phoenix
6. New Jersey Institute of Technology: "You may not have heard of them, but NJIT makes tremendous use of technology and is home to the best blog on higher ed technology: Serendipty35. Use of Wikis, iTunes U/Podcasts, RSS"
7. Dartmouth College
8. Carnegie Mellon University
10. Boston College
They posted them yesterday on their blog and it's pretty interesting what can happen with these sorts of things. People started emailing me immediately (including my own NJIT Communications people who are very good about actively searching for NJIT in the news). The story landed on Digg.com, the social site that allows members to "digg" stories that they think are interesting and that are ranked based on the number of diggs the story gets from different members. As you might imagine, Rumsfeld's resignation and others easily rushed past us. People told me it was picked up by EdBloggerNews and doing a Technorati search shows that others found it and linked to it. As I often tell people new to the blogosphere - it's a very incestuous world of linking back and forth.
So far no phone calls from the producers at 60 Minutes.