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The Myth and Reality of Risk

The hackneyed advice from IT consultants and columnists is that security is all about risk management. But do our traditional measurements of risk reflect reality?

A New Form of Business for a New, Socially Conscious World

A recently retired CIO reflects on a new "socially conscious" way to do business.

The Evolution of Digital Learning Systems Through Customization

The changes and challenges that new technology has brought to teaching and learning are well documented. New technology has changed how people receive, understand, and apply new information and ultimately has changed student expectations and thinking skills.

The Next Phase for Academic Computing

At a time when the most startling and exciting learning environments are being created in Web 2.0, the computing establishment on campus has enough to do just to keep the big pipes and big iron running. Innovation in learning around technology, therefore, needs a separate administrative support structure and a top-level advocate who reports in parallel to central computing.

Semantic Search: Could the Web Think?

Semantics is a sub-field of linguistics that focuses on meaning making in language. Therefore, the Semantic Web we're still reaching for will be based on a set of definitions, languages, and standards that can base a search on the detection of meaning and not just on a simple character string. The Semantic Web will at least be smarter than the current Web.



Mickey Spillane Versus Wiley Hacker

Who is qualified to conduct computer forensics: computer jocks or private eyes? A number of states are answering that question private investigators. Read on to see what this may mean to your campus.

Automation Chimera: Education Is Not Management

The lure of automating workflow online so human intervention is minimized is continually reinforced in the minds of higher education administrators by examples of automated campus systems such as financials, student information systems, and other enterprise systems. But what's good for management is not always good for learning.

The (Campus) Empire Strikes Back

Adding to the slew of data security issues already plaguing college and university campuses is an onslaught of stealth malware and botnet attacks. What's a beleaguered network manager to do? Here, from UC-Berkeley's own network pro, a cache of helpful advice.

Podcasting in Instruction: Moving Beyond the Obvious

The lightweight, mobile nature of podcasting has the potential of moving education beyond familiar constraints of coursework and promoting a level of networking and input never seen before. But challenges still exist. Can more be achieved with podcasting that would heighten student engagement and maximize knowledge building in instructional contexts? Can we move beyond the obvious in their use?

The Educational Software Paradox: Can We Learn To Unlearn?

New "educational" software and applications are usually not as educational as one might think. As a whole, applications developed in the name of learning have ended up favoring the institution and preserving the status quo. Given existing dynamics, it could not be otherwise.