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SmartClassroom :: Wednesday, December 13, 2006


Technology and Campus Services

By Matt Villano

Can auxiliary services be mission-critical? You bet they can. With tuition on the rise, Auxiliary Services departments at a variety of colleges and universities are proving that they can innovate and still save their parent institutions cash. First in auxiliary services innovation: With advancements in technology, a handful of institutions are moving campus purchasing programs into the wireless space. Second: With the proliferation of junk mail, learning centers are finding new ways to eliminate paper waste and improve efficiency across the board. Finally: As environmental conservation becomes a bigger concern, schools are embracing buildings that don’t harm the Earth, and many of the services involved in those efforts make use of “green” approaches and innovative technologies. Put simply, auxiliary services aren’t so auxiliary anymore...

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Case Study

Software Helps Track Computer Use at Northwestern

By Linda L. Briggs

When a student inadvertently triggers a computer virus or is illegally downloading music, campus IT staff can generally trace the source to an IP address, but that takes time. And finding the actual perpetrator who was using that IP address at the time of the infraction isn’t easy at all.

Similarly, when the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) issues a citation to a college alleging illegal downloading occurring on their networks, they provide only an IP address and time stamp. It’s up to the school to track down who was using that IP address. That can require searching through network switch logs, and even walking from room to room, to find the music pirate or infected PC...

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Tech Notes

101 Best Practices: Connectivity

Edited By Mary Grush

Nothing has changed the landscape of higher education IT more than connectivity. From “on-demand” services for our net-gen students and advanced eLearning systems for faculty, to high-performance computing grid resources for researchers, IT is now dishing out more networked services than ever to connect campus constituents to each other and to the world. Expectations from students, faculty, researchers, administrators, their professional communities, and the general public will only grow as IT leaders grapple with the challenges of providing distributed, secure, interoperable networked services for today’s connected campuses. We’ve highlighted some of the best examples of how campus IT is meeting the connectivity challenge... (Campus Technology)

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