C-Level View Archive

Here you will find a listing of past article from the C-Level View newsletter. For current issues since January 2009, please click here.


Using Versatile Web Conferencing Technology

The Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia has standardized on one Web conferencing system to use both for courses and for administration.

Aligning the Strategic Academic Enterprise

This fall, Datatel announced its concentration on the Strategic Academic Enterprise. CT asked Vice President, Strategic Planning and Marketing Jayne Edge and Director of Product Marketing Eileen Smith to comment on the SAE focus.

Delta iTunes U Enhances Learning in a Familiar Web 2.0 Environment

Students now expect to use interactive, Web2.0 applications in their education environments. As part of a strategy to meet such expectations, Delta College in Michigan launched an online Delta iTunes U environment this fall.

OpenWorld for Education

CT met with Oracle Vice President for Education & Research Product Strategy Curtiss Barnes following this fall's Oracle OpenWorld to capture some conference highlights for higher education.

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.

Getting Creative on Campus: Adobe CS4 Launch

This week Adobe Systems Inc. made public the software suite it calls its biggest release ever--the fourth version of its Creative Suite. Campus Technology talked with Adobe Vice President for Worldwide Education Peter Isaacson about the Adobe CS4 launch and some implications for higher education.

Driving Google Apps for Education

A humble little old bus left Google's Mountain View, CA campus Monday for a 5,000-mile trek across the US to visit 10 college campuses, beginning with southern California's USC. Of course, the 30-year-old bus was converted to biodiesel, updated with solar panels and other green features, stocked with tons of technology and wireless Internet, and given an adorable "Google" paint job. It departed on schedule, chock full of Google Apps for Education demos and tech experts (riding along or flying to meet the bus) with new ideas to discuss with students and faculty.

Let the Games Begin! Google vs. Microsoft

Pursuing a strategy as a consumer of services and choice, Drexel University has partnered with both Google and Microsoft to provide students with massive e-mail mailboxes, gigabytes of file storage with collaboration tools, Web-based calendars, personal blogs, and more.

ERP: More Than System Functionality

An ERP implementation is a massive undertaking. At Missouri State University, a culture of strategic planning is ensuring success -- two campus leaders explain how.

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.

Preserving History in Multimedia: An Interview with Stanford's Michael Keller

Michael Keller is well known as the innovative university librarian and director of academic information resources at Stanford University, as well as publisher of the Stanford University Press and HighWire Press. In this interview, he discusses a worldwide effort to digitally preserve vast amounts of material from history, both aging paper documents and very recent digital content.

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.

Developing the Right Alert Notification Strategy

Two noted security experts examine the characteristics of an effective campus mass notification system.

Frankenstein in the University

In our day-to-day encounters with new media, online education, and vendor software products, we may sometimes be tempted to believe that encroaching technology is controlling the way people teach and learn. Is there a monster in our midst, determining our actions?

Standards: The Sooner the Better

Technology solutions work best when they well together. That is why the nonprofit group IMS Global Learning Consortium is developing learning tools interoperability standards for the education technology community...

Conference Focuses on 'The Mobile Future'

Carnegie Mellon University's West Coast Campus and UC Berkeley's Fisher IT Center at the Haas School of Business partnered to hold a conference Tuesday of this week in Santa Clara, CA, on "The Mobile Future: Technology Revolutionizing Our Lives." CT talked with James H. Morris, dean of CMU West and a professor of computer science, about the unique conference that brings together both academics and industry leaders.

Scheduling To Reduce Energy Consumption

Two companies have partnered to help institutions reduce their carbon footprint. CT interviewed PeopleCube President and CEO John Anderson about the integration of his company's Resource Scheduler with BSL's Footprint Tracker energy consumption and carbon emissions tracking solution.

BSU's Entry into Second Life is Grounded in Emerging Media Expertise

Ball State University's Institute for Digital Intermedia Arts and Animation is leveraging years of innovation in 3D animation and virtual applications to support the university's entry into Second Life. CT interviewed IDIAA director John Fillwalk.

Q & A from Sun's Worldwide Education and Research Conference

Each year, Sun Microsystems holds its Worldwide Education and Research (WWERC) conference to bring together thought leaders in education and technology. Campus Technology joined a press conference at this year's WWERC in San Francisco and asked Sun Chairman Scott McNealy and Global Education VP Joe Hartley two questions of interest to higher education...

The Future of Web 2.0

Web 2.0 is changing the landscape of higher education IT and the application of learning technologies. Washington State University's Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology Director Gary Brown explains why he thinks we're moving from collaborative learning environments (CLEs) and ePortfolios, to personal learning environments (PLEs) and worldware.

Sun SPOTs Go Open Source

Recently Sun Microsystems announced that it would open source both the hardware and operating system for Sun SPOTs, its sensor networking product based on Java technology. CT talked with Arshan Poursohi, a staff researcher in the Sun SPOTs lab on Sun's Menlo Park, CA campus to find out how higher education institutions can incorporate Sun SPOTs in research and instruction.

Rethinking Accountability: Response to "The ePortfolio Hijacked"

This past December, Trent Batson voiced a concern in the C-Level View e-newsletter that those in higher education who are responsible for meeting the demands of external accreditors have "hijacked" the idea of electronic portfolios. Batson suggested a separation of student-owned ePortfolios and assessment management systems. Here, Syracuse University's Joe Shedd offers a different take on how institutions should position their ePortfolio programs.

De-coupling Course Content Management from the LMS/CMS

Sandy Schaeffer makes a call for higher education technology decision-makers to put pressure on the LMS vendor community to begin to un-bundle their products... with particular emphasis on greater flexibility in terms of content management.

The ePortfolio Hijacked

The idea of the electronic portfolio in higher education in the US has transmuted from a focus on learning to a focus on accountability. Trent Batson hopes to clarify the difference between the terms "ePortfolio" and "assessment management system."

HPC-Powered Science Gateways Open Doors to Discoveries

Collaborative science gateways, also known as hubs, are opening up new possibilities for researchers.

The Potato Made Me Do It

A leading open source proponent explains why he says the characteristics institutions reward will be "replicated in the DNA of software companies."

Using Thin Client Technology To Offset Costs

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is deploying thin clients--devices with no hard drives--as kiosks, Web/e-mail stations, and in areas where sensitive data is paramount. Mike Carr and Bob Bair explore the strategy.

Digital Repositories: A Global Work Effort

Stanford University librarian Michael Keller will join other leading digital archiving experts November 14-16 in Paris for the inaugural meeting of the Sun Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group, a group dedicated to working on the unique problems of storage and data management, workflow, and architecture for very large digital repositories. The Sun PASIG brings together a large group of organizations for an ongoing global discussion of their research and sharing of best practices for preservation and archiving. Here, CT asks Keller for his perspectives on the effort and the goals of the Sun PASIG.

A Foundation for Digital Repositories

The new DSpace Foundation is fostering open access to scholarly works with the open source DSpace platform for storing, managing, and distributing digital collections. Here, Campus Technology interviews Michele Kimpton, executive director of the nascent nonprofit created this past July by MIT and HP as a successor to their joint DSpace project begun in 2002.

In Search of Good Governance

Since his retirement in 2005, UC Berkeley's Associate Vice Chancellor and CIO Emeritus John W. (Jack) McCredie has devoted much of his professional energy to studying, writing about, and speaking about IT governance and leadership in higher education. Currently an ECAR senior fellow, he is leading Educause's study of IT governance to be released in early 2008. CT asked McCredie for his perspectives on IT governance issues.

The Promise and Challenges of Integrating Interactive Technologies into University Pedagogy

Randy Jackson examines the quest at the University of Washington (UW), Seattle, to create added value in existing learning environments.

Online Training for Online Faculty

A checklist of the best strategies for designing and delivering online courses to train online faculty.

Making the Case for Student Lifecycle Management

By carefully evaluating and implementing SLM technology, institutions can help improve student relationship management and establish their institution as not only a source for high-quality education, but also a partner in the student experience.

Are Collaboration and Learning Environments (CLEs) Tools or Countries?

While CLEs are tools they are also much more than tools; they are tools that are developed, maintained, and financed by an evolving community of investors, educators, and software developers.

Student Ambassadors for Open Source

A conversation with Dinesh Bahal about the Campus Ambassador Program at Sun Microsystems.

Building for Student Success

San Jose State University AVP Mary Jo Gorney-Moreno comments on the process of creating a high-tech student success center on campus.

When Ideas Move without Friction

An interview with the Software Freedom Law Center's (SFLC) Eben Moglen about the future of collaboration and technology.

The American University and the Ownership of Ideas

The Software Freedom Law Center's (SFLC) Eben Moglen is one of the high-powered attorneys representing the challenge to Blackboard Inc.'s patent of certain learning technologies.

Evolutionary in Technology, Revolutionary in Impact

Ken Klingenstein has led national networking initiatives for the last 25 years. He's participated in the development of the Internet from its inception and says he's had one of the best seats to watch the evolution of network infrastructure and applications.

Institutional Intelligence

Fewer than 100 higher education institutions in the United States have recognized data warehousing programs. This represents an adoption rate of less than 3 percent for a discipline well into its second decade of mainstream practice.

Invest Locally

Sakai, Kuali, uPortal, Moodle, and others are taking advantage of a better way to build software through open source communities....

More Than Open Source: A Second Look at Sakai

Because it often gets the most press for being "open source" software, you may not know that Sakai has unique features--many not found in other course management systems.

The Successful CIO: Vision, Focus, and Execution

An interview with John Camp, Wayne State University (ret.)

The Successful CIO: Vision, Focus, and Execution

Retired this last January, John Camp was deputy CIO or CIO at Wayne State University (MI) for the last 10 years and in IT leadership positions there since 1985.

Dialing Up the Future for iPhones on Campus

At Macworld in San Francisco earlier this month, Steve Jobs delivered a keynote unveiling Apple’s iPhone. Consumers can line up to get them this coming June. But what does the announcement mean to the higher education market? CT spoke with Wake Forest University Assistant Vice President and CIO Jay Dominick for some insights.

A Utility Model or Innovation in IT?

Life in the more affluent regions of Southern California does not normally invite comparisons with the bleak existence one might experience in your average refugee camp.

Who's Watching Me?

Bob Blakley’s reflections from the Digital ID World conference.

Keep Your Own Counsel on the Blackboard Controversy

As you may know, Blackboard Inc. was recently granted a patent on aspects of Learning Management Systems and filed an infringement lawsuit against competitor Desire2Learn.

IT Consolidation and Incubation – Watchwords for HPC

A conversation with Satoshi Matsuoka, Tokyo Institute of Technology.

A Milestone in the Higher Ed Software Market?

We are at an important milestone for technology in higher education. I urge you to take stock of your campus’ position on the cost of licensing software and ask if we all couldn’t do better for our students – more choices, better outcomes, and lower cost.

Making the Case for Information Literacy

For two decades, U.S. newspapers and magazines have featured articles about new technologies; the information explosion, information overload, and information illiterates. They frequently report on students’ (and some professors’) egregious lapses of integrity and judgment in dealing with information. By comparison, the higher education establishment has been relatively feeble in its attempt to raise awareness of and adapt to the shifting demands of the information age. Due to the advance of the dot-coms, dot-orgs, dot-govs, and dot-edus, what students learn and how they learn will have to be reconceived.

Thrown into the Deep End

Many institutions have created high-level positions with responsibility for IT security and policy –and some are newly established posts. What’s required to navigate these relatively uncharted waters?Brian Nichols shares lessons learned after nearly one year as Louisiana State University’s very first chief security and policy officer.