SmartClassroom :: Wednesday, August 30, 2006


The Case for Identity Management

By Doug Gale

What is your school’s identity management (IdM) strategy? Do you really need one? IdM is a cornerstone both for cyber security and for privacy compliance (now a particularly hot issue in health information management as institutions struggle to comply with HIPAA regulations) – so the answer to the latter question should be a big yes. But understanding the elements that comprise IdM – and finding a long-term way to balance IdM’s costs with its benefits – can be a challenge.

Months ago in Campus Technology, I identified four underlying components of IdM: identification, authentication, authorization, and directory services. I then elaborated on the first two. In this article, we focus on the remaining two components – authorization and directory services – as well as how to sell the need for an IdM strategy to your campus...

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Case Study

Post-Katrina, e-Learning Product More Valuable than Ever

By Linda L. Briggs

It’s been a year since Hurricane Katrina and the resulting flooding devastated New Orleans, and a new hurricane season is underway. At Delgado Community College, last year’s havoc hit hard. But the tragedy has resulted in some positive changes.

The Louisiana public community college has campuses throughout New Orleans, including the East and West Banks of the city. One tool that has gained a heavy following on at least one campus since the hurricane is Tegrity’s class recording system, which wasn’t in great use before the storm, but proved incredibly useful when students had to abandon campus and finish classes online. Integrated with backend course management systems, Tegrity gives schools the ability to record, store, and index courses online. This allowed Delgado faculty to continue delivering instruction online...

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Tech Notes

Distance Ed and Institutional Performance

Distance learning is sometimes viewed by nonprofit colleges and universities as either an end in itself or a positioning factor in a rapidly changing market that is increasingly responsive to flexible for-profit postsecondary programs. Yet there’s more to the flex model than student convenience. It’s time to focus on how flex courses, programs, and services can address some of the institutional performance obligations that are reshaping the social compact between nonprofit higher ed and the public and its policy makers... (Campus Technology)

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