IT Trends 06-19-2003

Thursday, June 19, 2003

In This Issue

OPINION

HIG, R U n2 CP? : The Technology Is the Easy Part

Terry Calhoun, Commentator
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)
University of Michigan

Terry Calhoun, IT Trends Commentator
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)
University of Michigan

People who work with me know that "The technology is the easy part" is perhaps my favorite saying. And I believe that is true. (When you can afford the technology, that is.) What's tough is changing people's behavior, especially your own, or that of your staff. For-profit businesses talk about "customer service" and "giving the customer what they want," and an awful lot of that is modifying back-end processes. Higher education has been slow to come around, but we're getting there, although maybe doing a better job in student services than in teaching and learning.

Our guest opinion piece this week is by biology professor David Starrett of Southeast Missouri State University. He's also director of that institution's Center for Scholarship in Teaching and Learning and, thus, focused on the instructional technology appropriate for enhancing students' learning. He sees his students taking the technology for granted and is questioning how much we can expect them to change, and how much we have to accept them, and change what we do to meet their expectations.

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HIG, R U n2 CP? Me either. In case that's Greek to you, it translates into "How's it going, are you into chat-posting?" I pride myself on staying "hip," a tact taken out of necessity with a 10- and 12-year-old in the house. I know that "groovy" and "hip" became "awesome" and "rad" and are now "tight" and "sweet." My 12-year-old e-mailed me at work the other day. I think he sent it out through a vowel filter, there were none left when it got to me. I thought I was on top of how our kids are speaking these days. This of course is important for us in higher education, where our job duty is basically communicating with 18- to 22-year-olds …

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IT NEWS

UTA Awaits Funding for Anti-Spam Software

While it awaits funding, the University of Texas-Austin (UTA) is testing different Spam-fighting software programs. Initial research indicates that about 40 percent of all e-mail received at UTA is spam. The university is focusing on programs that let the end user define spam in their own terms. (The UT Shorthorn)
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System Crash Financially Tough on Down Under Institution

After a cost of nearly $50 million, the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) discovered that its newly implemented enterprise solution was creating widely divergent financial reports. Now RMIT's CIO may soon decide to re-launch the failed, but much-needed PeopleSoft system. (Australian IT)
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Merger of Two Brit Universities Creates Complicated Network

The project is called "Infra" and will link two campuses and 43,000 users with Solaris Unix and Intel Linux servers and extra storage capacity. As part of the bargain, Oracle Collaboration Suite software will provide users with beefed-up, networked e-mail and personal file store services.
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U. Calgary's Proposed Virus-Writing Class Draws Fire

Saying that, just like in medicine, "students need to know how viruses work in order to develop more effective countermeasures," the University of Calgary is creating a fourth-year computer science class in virus writing. All classes will be held in a room without network connections and all storage media used will be erased. (The Washington Post).
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State of Georgia's Office of IT to Get New Home

The State of Georgia's Board of Regents settled outside of Athens for a new headquarters for running computer systems for the state's 34 public colleges and universities. The move is planned to handle an anticipated 25 percent to 30 percent growth in staff during the next 10 years. (Associated Press)
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New Mail System at Arizona Increases User Complaints

The main complaint users have with the upgrade to WebMail Version 2.0 at the University of Arizona is difficulty in migrating address books. But the change in version saves the school $55,000 because the upgrade runs on free Linux software. (Arizona Summer Wildcat)
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RESOURCES

Weber State Provost David Eisler's Web Page

Current interests and areas of research in the field of trends and technology in higher education from David Eisler, Provost of Weber State University and one of the creators of WSU Online. WSU Online was selected by the University Continuing Education Association as the 1998 Peterson Award Winner for Innovative Distance Education. Dr. Eisler is concerned and involved with issues of sustaining faculty development.
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Current Cites

Current Cites is an excellent monthly e-mail newsletter annotating useful IT-related resources available on the Web. It is edited by Roy Tennant, manager, eScholarship Web & Services Design, California Digital Library at the University of California-Berkeley. This newsletter is fully archived on a Web site as well. Although library- focused, it annotates articles of wider IT interest such as the recent "E-Mail Escalation: Dispute Exacerbating Elements of Electronic Communication."
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DEALS, CONTRACTS, AWARDS

Harvard Med Equips Students with Handheld Reference Tools

Harvard Medical School signed an agreement with ePocrates Inc. to provide its medical students with subscriptions to ePocrates Rx Pro, a handheld clinical reference guide. Harvard students will have immediate access to features available in the basic version of ePocrates Rx, plus content such as drug and alternative medicine interactions, clinical tables and guidelines, and ePocrates ID, an infectious disease treatment recommendation guide.

USC Selects Webcasting Tool for Distance Ed Network

The University of Southern California (USC) has installed Virage Webcasting software from Virage Inc. to support its School of Engineering's Distance Education Network. Using the software, the school will be able to capture and index all video content and related media, such as PowerPoint slides, online chat, and discussion board info. In addition to streaming graduate lectures, the school also streams special series lectures, professional development courses, and discussions in both live and on-demand format.


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NEW PRODUCTS

Higher Ed Outsourcer Offers Online Marketing to Prospects

Higher Ed marketing firm Educational Directories UnLimited has come out with an opt-in e-mail service designed to help schools maintain contact with their best prospects throughout the nine-month admissions cycle, during which the company says high school seniors will visit a school's Web site an average of 32 times. The program, EDU E-mail Recruiting, would help schools navigate the tricks of online marketing, including helping ensure messages are not interpreted as spam and that the online campaign is professionally managed.
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Jenzabar G'es 'Non-traditional' with Administrative Package

Course management system firm Jenzabar Inc. is expanding its flagship software suite, Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution, with what it calls a Non-traditional Education Module. The software is designed to improve information processing for administrators using back-end databases to manage student registration, financial aid, and billing. It is designed to meet the demands on administrative offices as universities attract a broader range of students by offering non-traditional courses, including online classes. With the new product, Jenzabar is positioning itself to "seamlessly integrate each end of a college campus, from
students to administrators and faculty."

WebCT and Datatel Unveil LMS, Administrative Interface

WebCT and enterprise Datatel Inc. unveiled interfaces they say will smooth the integration of WebCT and Datatel software. The two companies, which specialize in higher ed systems, have integrated WebCT's Campus Edition 4.0 with Datatel's Colleague. Using the Instructional Management Specifications (IMS) for data exchange with eLearning systems, the Interface automatically populates user-, course-, and enrollment-related data into WebCT's Campus Edition. Grades recorded in WebCT can be dynamically transferred to Colleague. The Datatel Interface also lets users of WebAdvisor interact with WebCT Campus Edition, using hyperlinks from WebAdvisor to directly access WebCT's system.

SBC Targets Education Market for Wireless Integration Offerings

Phone giant SBC Communications Inc. is targeting the education market for services that would merge campus voice and data requirements onto a single, managed wireless network. The WLAN packages is built on 802.11 technology, allowing users to move about non-wired areas while remaining connected to their voice and data network, the Internet, and the public network via wireless connections.


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