Accessibility for all students is a key concern in IT in higher education, one tied to the core mission of education and underscored by recent federal activity reinforcing the need for compliance in all aspects of technology implementations. Yet institutions are scratching their collective heads over how to make digital information accessible to students with visual and auditory impairments while keeping technology at the cutting edge.
Coordinating a geographically dispersed student body that learns primarily online is just one of the key challenges that modern institutions of higher education are facing. With more education taking place online--and in some cases, all of that education happening on the Web--colleges are being forced to rethink their classroom and student management strategies.
A company that grew out of friendships formed at MIT has released an open source mobile application framework that can jumpstart an institution's mobile development efforts.
Jasig's uMobile project will develop native mobile campus portal apps for smart phones, initially iOS and Android devices. Jasig is calling on colleges and universities to contribute to the effort.
Desire2Learn has released Campus Life, a new mobile communications and collaboration tool for education.
Blackboard has released a version of its Mobile Central app for webOS, the mobile operating system that powers HP's smart phones and tablets.
The University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg has launched campus iPhone and Android smart phone apps after doing a survey among students that concluded that half of them own a smart phone.
A two-institution online university system with 77,000 students has broadened its use of a content management system from Systems Alliance.
Columbia Southern University will be pulling financial aid processes in-house with the deployment of a new student administration system and portal.
Microsoft this week showcased some of its interoperability accomplishments reflected with the release of the open source Drupal 7 content management system.