Four universities in the United States have started offering their students a speedy way to recharge their cell phones and tablets.
The proliferation of consumer technology on campuses has created new challenges for IT departments. Will the pendulum swing back toward centralized IT, or is consumerization knocking down the old ways forever?
Consumer IT and student expectations are bearing down on higher ed, whether it’s ready or not.
AVAI Special Systems has partnered with 1105 Media to create a productivity app for use at Campus Technology Forum 2011. The company will also launch its new OnCampus Mobile application suite at the event taking place in Long Beach, CA September 27-29.
Recently, the tech staff at Washington and Lee University turned into walking QR billboards to welcome new students to its Lexington, VA campus. While staffing first-year check-in and orientation, members of the university's IT Services team wore custom t-shirts they'd had printed up with useful QR codes.
The open source learning management system Moodle has a new mobile companion. Developers at Moodle HQ have released a free app for iOS designed to work with Moodle 2.1 or later. Apps for additional mobile platforms are planned.
Seton Hall University in New Jersey distributed hundreds of Android-based media tablets to faculty and students at the start of this semester.
Major hardware manufacturers have started previewing the first generation of light, ultra-thin notebooks based on Intel's Ultrabook specification that will begin shipping by the end of this year. But Intel is already looking forward to the future. The company this week revealed that next year's Ultrabooks will be built around the third generation of its Core processors.
A digital device rental program at California State University Monterey Bay has just reported student savings of nearly $120,000 in technology purchase fees. The Technology Rental (or TechRent) store at CSU Monterey Bay was started with funds with a $300,000 two-year grant issued by the United States Department of Education.
At the 2011 Build conference taking place this week in Anaheim, CA, Microsoft provided the deepest view yet of what looks like a radical departure from past desktop OS designs.