Leaders in higher education IT departments shared their technology plans for 2011 with Campus Technology. Despite predictions of flat IT budgets, their organizations are taking on ambitious projects and actually continuing to beef up services for faculty and students, moving into app development, shoring up wireless infrastructure, virtualizing servers and desktops, and experimenting with newer mobile platforms.
A New Mexico college is successfully integrating micro-lectures into classroom instruction. Can students and faculty members benefit from 60-second chunks of knowledge?
As part of a classroom renovation project, Ball State University has upgraded its video production systems. The teleplex initiative includes a transition to digital production in its three classroom studios that handle production services for distance learning courses.
McGraw-Hill Education has just acquired Tegrity, a privately held company that provides a product for lecture capture. Tegrity's Campus technology has been a part of Connect, the larger company's Web-based online learning assignment and assessment platform for colleges and universities, which was launched in fall 2009.
Nearly a third of college students reported that their parents or guardians would be "very upset" to know how little they actually attend classes in person. The reason: They're watching the courses through streaming video instead.
Following a multi-month evaluation of lecture capture applications, the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges has licensed the use of Tegrity Campus for three years.
Years before most institutions of higher education would start paying attention to the "open content" concept, the University of South Florida's mechanical engineering department was already in the throes of setting up its own "come one, come all" approach to online information sharing.
At the InfoComm 2010 convention this week in Las Vegas, Sonic Foundry debuted updates to its Media site lecture capture system, including new recorder hardware and updated Mediasite software.
A major university in the small country of Qatar in the Middle East has begun recording course lectures using Echo360.