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A Profoundly Disruptive Technology

The Association for Authentic, Experiential, and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL) had its first world conference this last week in Boston, co-located with Campus Technology 2010. The group of learning and assessment experts is organized around its members' interest in ePortfolios.

The Age of Obfuscation

The usual criticism of new media in our culture is that the media is making us less able to write well, less inclined to read texts longer than a paragraph, less social or unable to concentrate. A far greater danger is obfuscation....

Geospatial Mapping for Coastal Infrastructure Recovery in Alabama

Students at Auburn University are involved in an ambitious geospatial mapping project of infrastructure elements of coastal Alabama, that will, after a disaster such as a hurricane, offer responders a tool that will expedite recovery and reduce recovery costs by an estimated 40 percent.

The Testing Straitjacket

How students are tested or evaluated determines how they are taught. But testing within many courses today remains, in essence, the same as always. Therefore, the limits of educational reform are determined to some extent by the current legacy structure of testing and evaluation.

The Campus Network Security Imperative: Why It’s Essential to Update Your Strategy Now

A 20-year IT and network security veteran recommends reviewing and updating campus security strategies now, while focusing on determining network security requirements for your campus; getting buy-in from administrators, faculty, and students; considering how to handle the beginning-of-semester rush of provisioning users; and striking the right balance between security and accessibility.



On the Cusp of the Resume Renaissance

Resumes are notoriously irregular, suspect, unreliable, and misleading. How to address this issue? And how can higher education help its students improve their employability by producing better resumes?

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How To Create Great AV Learning Spaces

Designing and implementing successful AV facilities requires the collaborative effort of a number of participants with varied interests, backgrounds, skills, and agendas. AV specialist Michael David Leiboff lays out the roles and responsibilities of those who plan and design successful technology-enabled classrooms.

A High-Tech Barn Raising

At Purdue University, the Community Cluster Program is changing the way high-performance computers are built and maintained. By pooling their resources and contributing nodes to a centralized facility, faculty and researchers have access to much greater computing power that’s maintained for them by central computing staff. And they are invited to join about 300 people who roll up their sleeves and help construct a supercomputer in a single day’s “barn raising” event. Campus Technology asked VP of IT/CIO Gerry McCartney how it all works…

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Rethinking Classroom Design Guidelines

The guiding principles of classroom design are changing. New models for small to medium classrooms, coupled with ever-shifting educational technology practices, are requiring guidelines serve to foster more detailed discussions of cost benefit, longer term planning, and overall classroom design goals.

Innovation in Higher Education: It’s Not the Technology

The real innovation in higher education IT is not the technology itself. This may seem obvious now, but it wasn't in the past. It's a recent revelation that comes with changes in the roles of IT staff and faculty in innovation with technology for teaching and learning and in IT organizations and departments on campus.