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eProcurement: Think Globally, Spend Locally

Higher education institutions are realizing the benefits of “buying local”—colleges and universities can use eProcurement applications in support of local vendors and economic inclusion, and to spur development in their region.

Where is the Student Voice in Assessment?

Many ePortfolio systems focus on institutional assessment data, putting student assessment--especially students' own reflections on their work--in second place. Batson advocates a voice for students in the assessment process.

Towards a Sustainable Approach to Higher Education

New communications technologies and the Internet are fostering a move toward more distributed systems of education. Here, John Ittelson suggests that key stakeholders--faculty, legislators, administrators, students, employers, and the public--come together to help plan higher education's evolving role in a complex and changing knowledge economy.

Ohio Takes to the Clouds

In an effort to improve efficiencies, boost services, and cut costs, the University System of Ohio is moving to a cloud-based model for communications technologies. Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Eric D. Fingerhut shares his insights about the benefits he expects to realize from this approach.

'But I Don't Want to Teach My Students How to Use Technology'

Not all faculty are actively engaged in using technology in their classrooms. For some, technical support or basic technology resources on their campuses may be lacking. But still others may be clinging to the idea that nothing has changed...



Innovating Teaching and Learning with Sakai

Josh Baron's examination of two award-winning implementations of the Sakai Collaboration and Learning Environment.

A Socrates Redux in the BYUI Learning Model

Socrates with a twist: Trent Batson reports on how "Brigham Young University Idaho has found a way to combine a Socratic approach with simple technology to create a hybrid lecture that guides students to teach each other." The idea is to ensure that students will always be prepared for class.

A Good Match: Scholarship Funds Matching Tool at U Michigan

Michigan Administrative Information Systems (MAIS) at the University of Michigan has recently developed a module in the university’s existing Oracle PeopleSoft Student Administration application, to automate the scholarship matching process. The new tool will provide better service to students, more accountability and useful information to donors, and better planning options for the administration. Campus Technology asked MAIS Director John Gohsman about the Scholarship Fund Matching tool.

Why Not Lab Time for 'Soft' Disciplines?

Regularly scheduled lab time has long been an accepted standard in science courses. Now there may be an argument for extending the standard to include all disciplines....

Community Source Evaluation Strategies: Is Sakai Right for Your Institution?

Assessing an open source or community source solution, particularly at small and mid-sized institutions, presents unique challenges. Without vendor demonstrations, user groups, and sales departments, how do you evaluate a community source product?