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Syllabus IT Trends for Thursday, January 8, 2004

Thursday, January 08, 2004

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

Looking Backward Looks Like Looking Forward – to 2004!

I know, I know, everyone else is writing predictions about what’s going to happen in 2004, or even in 2007. So, just to be contrary I decided to take a look at the top higher ed/news story generators in 2003, based on our weekly scan of what’s being written in the higher ed and general news media about IT issues at colleges and universities.

Guess what? The more I look at last year’s stories, the more I see the same stories – or at least the same story categories – we’ll be reading in 2004. Here’s a backwards/forwards look at the top higher education information technology stories, as defined by media coverage in 2003, followed by a toast and a wish that the bad news stays away from you in 2004!
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Crimson Grid Under Development at Harvard

Harvard and IBM will be working together to develop a state-of-the-art example, using Open Grid Services Architecture (OGSO), of this relatively new networking methodology, especially useful in fluctuating, computing-intensive environments.
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Student ID Numbers and Identity Theft at Oakland University

Not all identity theft involves information technology, but IT has certainly made it easier. Using social security numbers for identification or to post grades is a practice that is fading fast.
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Also at Harvard, Wireless Dorms Run Into Some Snags

The delays are caused by changes in operating systems of access points, needed expansion of IP address ranges, and asbestos in walls. Students are not seriously affected, as pre-existing wired data ports remain useable.
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Computer Thefts from Eastern Michigan Dorms

Thefts from ground floor rooms predominated, but thefts, especially of laptops, were rampant on campus just before finals.
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The Anti-Spam Summit in San Francisco, March 17-19, 2004 TechMentor Conference in New Orleans, April 4-8, 2004.

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Call for Papers due Jan. 12

Events Calendar

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Eleventh Annual Summer Conference on Education Technology
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Microsoft Ending Support for Windows98

It's not like we all want to keep those systems running anyway, but as of January 16, there's one more good reason to upgrade.
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Personal Response Transmitters at UMass Have Design Flaw

About 1,500 transmitters, purchased by students and used by faculty in large classes to administer quizzes and poll large audiences, are in wide use and only recently did faculty and students realize that the problems they were having were in fact widespread.
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Increasing Quality in Online Instruction
This week's interview features David Starrett Director, Center for Scholarship in Teaching and Learning, Southeast Missouri State University.

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Discussion of the Week:

A Hardware update .... just read about a Tablet PC running Linux for under a $1000. However, no built in wireless, and the compatibility of the character recognition app with anything else out there is questionable. Without getting in a funk about MS, the biggest problems for Tablet PCs seems to be the high costs. i.e. fees...

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