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The Eye of the Storm

Consumer IT and student expectations are bearing down on higher ed, whether it’s ready or not.

Staying Out of the Headlines through Encryption

Thomas Jefferson University, an institution with an academic health center and an affiliated teaching hospital, is using an encryption strategy to keep sensitive data secure and avoid the hardship of data breaches.

EagleVision: A Live Virtual Classroom for Connected Learners

In support of its strategic plan to increase student satisfaction, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide launched a live virtual classroom dubbed EagleVision nearly 5 years ago. The response from students has been overwhelmingly positive, and in fact the system has been life-changing for many. Becky Vasquez, Embry-Riddle CTO, reports that demand from students for this new learning platform has increased almost 100 percent in the last year alone.

Is IT Digging Its Own Grave?

At CT 2011, IT leaders confronted the challenges that beset their organizations and the institutions they serve.

Putting a Student Face on the State Authorization Regulation

Each state has its own regulations pertaining to education services offered in their state by out-of-state institutions. Some distance education providers will not be able to comply with every state's regulations, choosing instead not to serve students from those states where they find it too difficult or impossible to obtain the state's authorization. WCET and the University Professional and Continuing Education Association recently surveyed institutions regarding their approaches to state regulations--concluding it's the students who may suffer.



'Narrate, Curate, Share': How Blogging Can Catalyze Learning

The framework for a new program-wide blogging initiative at Virginia Tech's Honors Residential College encourages students to "narrate, curate, share" their stories of learning. This fall, the College will integrate blogging into its traditional program as a means to foster self-aware learners and promote digital citizenship.

KISS Me, Please

At InfoComm 2011, simplicity characterized the new products for higher ed. Thank goodness for that.

Becoming Pioneers Again: Why IT Innovation is Essential to the Future of Universities

Purdue University is receiving two Campus Technology Innovator awards today at the CT 2011 conference in Boston. The university is widely recognized for its innovative IT initiatives and leadership in technology outreach and community building. Here, Purdue CIO Gerry McCartney explains why he feels higher education campuses must once again become leaders in IT innovation.

IT: A Turbocharger for Mass Higher Education

We have moved away from a defining model of scarcity and can expect fundamental change in the availability and delivery of higher education in the US.

How Do You Grade a Presentation Minus Content?

Faced with presentation after presentation in dimmed classrooms, I have become bothered by one set of circumstances: A student with great intentions spends an exorbitant amount of time putting together a fantastic presentation but fails to include all of the materials I believe should be there. Based solely on content, the student receives a terrible grade and doesn't reap the reward for the hours spent creating the presentation. But there may be a way to rectify this.