Information Technology


Four in 10 Top Websites Are Dangerous

Four in 10 of the top websites pose dangers to their visitors. According to cybersecurity vendor Menlo Security, out of the top 100,000 websites as ranked by Alexa, 42 percent are "risky." A risky website is any site where either the homepage or an associated background site is running vulnerable software; the site is known to distribute malware or launch attacks; or the site has already suffered a security breach in the past 12 months.

Bankruptcy Court Accepts Educause Bid for NMC Assets

The metaphorical gavel has fallen, and a new chapter has begun for the many assets of the New Media Consortium. On Valentine's Day a bankruptcy court judgment in Sacramento accepted a $55,000 bid from Educause for NMC's Horizon projects, trademarks, membership and subscriber lists, internet domain, phone number, goodwill and furniture and fixtures.

Giving CC Students Home Computers Won't Set Them up for Greater Success

Handing out computers to incoming community college students won't influence their success in higher education, maintaining jobs or lifting earnings. That's the bottom line for a study that examined the impact of providing home computers to students who don't have them. The research project pulled confidential data from California's employment office, the state's community college system and the National Student Clearinghouse on all participants in the study for seven years after the "random provision of computers." Results were published in a working paper by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

A Community Approach to Recycling Tech

Towson University's EduCycle technology recycling program reconditions and redeploys computers that would otherwise end up in the e-waste pile. Volunteers from local schools and underserved communities help perform the refurbishing work, gaining hands-on computer skills while earning service-learning hours.

Educause Could Pick Up NMC Horizon Report Assets for $55k

By next Wednesday, shortly after 10 a.m. Pacific time, the fate of New Media Consortium's assets could be decided in a bankruptcy court in Sacramento. A nonprofit best known for producing the annual "Horizon" reports on technology trends in higher education, K-12, libraries and museums could become the property of Educause, a higher ed technology association. Educause has put in the highest bid so far, $55,000, to acquire N.M.C.'s Horizon projects, trademarks, membership and subscriber lists, internet domain, phone number and furniture and fixtures.

Indiana U Expands Use of Salesforce CRM

Having long used Salesforce.org's constituent management system for student recruiting, Indiana University is now expanding its deployment of technology university-wide, to improve the way it the institution interacts with students, faculty, staff and other constituents. The new agreement will include a range of Salesforce products, such as such as Salesforce Community Cloud, Marketing Cloud, Sales Cloud and Service Cloud.

Global Ed Tech Investment Soars to Record High

There's never been a better time to seek funding for education technology. According to Metaari, 2017 turned out to generate the most investment dollars ever in the learning technology industry. It topped $9.5 billion globally, up from $7.3 billion in 2016, which was itself 46 percent higher than the $6.5 billion in investments made in 2015. The latest year's funding went to 813 ed tech companies, the highest ever recorded, according to the learning market research company.

1 in 10 Phishing E-mails Fool Users in Education Field

In a recent study, 10 percent of simulated phishing e-mails sent to users in education institutions were successful, triggering the recipient to click on a fraudulent link. That's according to the 2018 State of the Phish report from Wombat Security Technologies, in which researchers measured the average click rates on phishing tests across various industries. Education had an average click rate of 10 percent; the industries that performed worst in the tests were telecommunications and retail, with 15 percent and 14 percent average click rates, respectively. 

How to Be an Ed Tech Futurist

While no one can reliably predict the future, these four forecasting methods will help you anticipate trends and spur more collaborative thinking.

State of Idaho Eyeing New Role to Consolidate Higher Ed Operations

The governor of Idaho has proposed establishing a new role of oversight for its state university system. The "Executive Officer" would oversee the streamlining of operations in IT, finance, HR and purchasing platforms, among other responsibilities. Governor Butch Otter said the new position was needed because current leadership wasn't enabling the system to adapt fast enough to the changing higher education landscape.

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