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Web 2.0's Cultural Therapy

Web 2.0 technologies and social software, particularly Facebook, are reversing the trends set by technologies such as the automobile. Instead of creating the dispersion of people via transportation and other recent technologies, Facebook brings people together via digital technology.

The Social Nucleus Shifts with Inigral

A new Facebook application called Inigral is allowing students to start networking with their peers even before the first day of class--stressing the students' social and learning communities rather than the traditional teacher-centered structure.

Sustainability in the Data Center, Part I

The first of two conversations with Notre Dame CIO Gordon Wishon about sustainability in the data center. Here, Wishon focuses on virtualization. In two weeks, we'll complete the circle with a discussion of environmental initiatives.

Swirling Students Need Semantic Search, Ontologies, Web Analytics, and More

Lifelong learning and swirling are two things we hear about as learning moves back into to the "real world." Yet the picture is not simple as institutions and learners work out trust issues and change long-held habits and beliefs along with their technology tools.

Leveraging Education Services Management in a Recession Economy

Delgado Community College has unified its service desk capabilities and streamlined IT support through its centralized service and self-help portal, DDCLive!--a co-sourced service desk implementation that is reaping multiple benefits.



Why ePortfolio is the Tool of the Time and Who is Enaaeebling It

ePortfolios today are largely institutional reporting tools--assessment management applications. A new professional organization, called AAEEBL, aims to address two additional areas with ePortfolios.

A Study of CIO Roles and Effectiveness in Higher Education

The role of the CIO has existed in higher education for some 25 years, but its career path is not well defined. Wayne Brown's ongoing research, now under the guise of the Center for Higher Education Chief Information Officers Studies, attempts to uncover key trends in the CIO role in an effort to help IT leaders going forward.

Horns of the Dilemma for Faculty: Legacy Demands and Technology Expectations

Amidst the Web 2.0 tsunami, life on campus goes on as normal. Faculty members are still expected to publish in traditional journals, still expected to meet their classes in rooms equipped with chalkboards and designed for lectures, and still expected by their students to tell them what they should know so they can write it on paper during a test. Where's the tsunami?

'Tweet' Us Here

Fighting off the recession brilliantly? Going green on a shoestring? Got 60 seconds? Tell us about it!

Designing Learning Spaces for Instruction, not Control

Never before has it been more viable for educators to put instruction front and center of learning space design than now. Never before has collaboration with students and peers and with the world been more possible than now. So why are our learning spaces still so reminiscent of the past? Why are these spaces still so constrained?