Review of Portfolios in Higher Education: A Flowering of Inquiry and Inventiveness in the Trenches

The Executive Director of The Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning (, the professional association for the world portfolio community, presents a preliminary report on the current status of global portfolios, the development of a new portfolio-inspired field of inquiry, and the surprising variety of uses academics are discovering for portfolio technology.

Voodoo Education: Why Are We Still in Its Spell?

Trent Batson asks why, while higher education institutions have made many changes to offer an updated campus environment and bring themselves “in tune” with the times, they still maintain what he calls a “voodoo education” model in teaching and learning that harkens back to 19th century classoom practices.

Metros on IT Strategies to Support a Mobile, Global, and Digital Citizenry

Campus Technology talks with Susan Metros about some of the topics she’ll present in her live keynote at the upcoming CT virtual event (November 18, 2010). Metros offers her views on both why and how IT leaders should strive to understand teaching and learning principles at their institutions more fully, and to support them--and today’s students as “mobile, global, and digital citizens”--more directly in IT strategic plans.

Web 2.0's Foundation of Sand

A major share of creativity and innovation in our country, both from our universities and elsewhere, occurs “on” the Web. But what is built on the Web has no rebars in its foundation, indeed, often no physical foundation--such as offices--at all.

Keeping Software Off The Shelf

Administrative systems designed to streamline processes and provide the keys to better decision making might end up as "shelfware" if institutions fall prey to some common mistakes in large implementations. Find out how to avoid these pitfalls...

An Island No More: A Game-Changing Application Suite for LMS

The LMS is an enterprise-wide and critical platform, but it has mostly remained unconnected to the cloud and to the social Web. But now a new management platform, plugjam from CommonNeed, turns the LMS into a truly seamless member of the Web.

Catch the Next Virtualization Wave: Network Security

As part of their virtualized infrastructure strategy, network security and IT virtualization teams at Bryant University have implemented a Network Access Control (NAC) virtualization deployment with VMware.

Why We Switched to Sakai

Pepperdine University will formally switch to Sakai as its university-wide LMS beginning Jan. 1. In this guest viewpoint, Timothy Chester, Pepperdine's CIO and vice provost for academic administration, reveals five reasons for the shift to the open source LMS and offers tips for other IT leaders in higher education contemplating similar moves.

Reviewers Unhappy with Portfolio 'Stuff' Demand Evidence

Evidence-based learning concepts can help re-frame the portfolio process so that ePortfolios will become more useful assessment tools, both for demonstrating individual student achievement and for institutional and program evaluation or accreditation review.

Toward an Understanding of Educational Technology

Just what is educational technology? What are its purposes and goals, and how can it best be implemented? Hap Aziz, director of the School of Technology and Design at Rasmussen College, explores what he terms the "five key components" to approaching educational technology.