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Using Chat To Move the Thinking Process Forward

The idea of using chat as a communication tool with students is widely accepted in education. Using the same tool to progress critical thinking is not often discussed. That is, the question might be asked, "Why use an online tool when I can discuss with my students face to face?"

What Was Your First Pet's Name? Lessons Learned About E-Mail Security

The intrusion last month into Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin's e-mail highlighted the frailty of some types of data security measures. What are the lessons for the rest of us?

It's Time to Realize Procurement's Potential

Electronic procurement can impact much more than simple transactions and individual business functions. John Mayes examines how institutions can gain competitive edge with an effective procurement strategy.

Avoiding the 5 Most Common Mistakes in Using Blogs with Students

Blogging can be an effective tool for learning, but its benefits shouldn't be taken for granted. It takes careful planning and skillful management to make it work in an educational setting. Here are five of the most common mistakes for instructors to avoid when incorporating blogs into instruction.

Just-in-Time Support

8 best practices for providing the help online faculty need-- when they need it.



Cheapskate 2: The Sequel

One month after our previous "Cheapskate's Guide" to essential security tools, "free" is still alive and well. Security experts have weighed in with additional open source and free software packages they find particularly useful, which we now share with you.

A Cheapskate's Guide to Free Security Software

Free is an attractive price. Read which packages were deemed "most useful" by a handful of experts.

It IS about Technology: Integrating Higher Ed into Knowledge Culture

For more than twenty years, we educational technologists have talked about "integrating information technology into higher education." The implication was that education would stay the same and information technology would benignly slip in and cause no ruckus at all. This rhetoric no longer applies, if it ever did, and does a disservice to us as we work through the intricacies of this age.

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.