IT Trends :: Thursday, May 10, 2007

Opinion

Survey said...
By Terry Calhoun

I look forward each year to the EDUCAUSE annual Current Issues Survey Report. There is always something new and interesting, be it the ways in which the survey instrument itself has been shaped to reflect the association’s view of the field or in the results of the survey. An example of the former is the inclusion of a new category of issues for 2007: "Commercial/External Online Services," which reflects the ongoing assimilation by campus IT (forced, it sometimes seems) of externally produced consumer information services, such as blogs, wikis, survey engines, Facebook, YouTube, MySpace, and Skype....

IT News

HP Awards Classroom Technologies to 172 Institutions
HP last week announced the recipients of its 2007 HP Technology for Teaching grant program. Forty-two colleges and universities and 130 K-12 schools will be receiving more than $7 million in cash, gear, and professional development....
IBM Grants Mainframe to U Alabama as Teaching Platform
IBM is providing the University of Alabama's Walton College of Business access to its IBM System z900 mainframe and software in an effort to promote curriculum development on mainframe hardware systems....
ICSAC Expands Bridges to Higher Ed
The Iowa College Student Aid Commission (ICSAC) is expanding its relationship with developer Bridges Transitions to implement an online, statewide "career exploration" resource for middle schools, high schools, and post-secondary institutions....
Carnegie Mellon Engineering Policy Chief Elected to NAS
Granger Morgan, head of Carnegie Mellon's Department of Engineering and Public Policy, was named to the National Academy of Sciences in honor of his research work over the years....
Angel Adds LOM, Podcasting in 7.2
Angel Learning has released Angel LMS 7.2, an update to the company's learning management system. The latest update brings in native podcasting features and adds several new learning tools, including learning outcomes management (LOM) capabilities and native support for additional standards....
U New Hampshire Lab Demos at iWarp Interoperability
The University of New Hampshire successfully demonstrated multi-vendor interoperability between iWARP devices, which it claimed was an industry first....
Case Study: Portal System Keeps Students in Touch at Plymouth State U
By giving current students and all alumni a lifetime e-mail account accessed through a portal, Plymouth State University has enhanced its ability to stay in touch with graduates long after they leave the university....
Last Chance: Submit Your 2007 Innovators Nominations! Deadline May 15!
You’re doing great things with technology on campus—we want to know about them. We seek exemplary colleges and universities, their visionary technology project leadership, and their innovative vendor partners who have deployed extraordinary campus technology solutions to campus challenges.

Could you be one of this year’s recognized technology leaders? CT’s 2007 Innovators will be featured in the August issue and recognized at the Campus Technology 2007 conference in Washington, DC, July 30-Aug. 2, 2007....

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