By combining innovation management with crowdsourcing, Davenport University has found a potent formula for achieving continual improvement and encouraging organizational change.
The John Marshall Law School in Chicago has deployed TeamDynamixHE's project portfolio management (PPM) software in its IT department.
After leading his team to some rapid successes, our CIO questions the role of the IT group on campus--and develops a road map to the future.
Working through the weekend? Haven't taken a vacation for ages? These 6 tips for transparent, streamlined project management can help.
A project and portfolio management application specifically for colleges and universities has been updated with new features in reporting and service desk operations, among other modifications.
Known primarily for its success as a recommendation engine, Sherpa is actually South Orange County Community College District's "sandbox" of integrated software systems that provides many new tools for student success.
Stanford University has several formal programs and informal networking efforts aimed at connecting innovative students with real-world opportunities, in numerous fields from engineering, to medicine, to economics. Faculty and administrators have a selection of avenues to give an assist to a bright student seeking a chance to become an entrepreneur. Here, CT learns about the support many students have received for their entrepreneurial IT projects.
The Association for Authentic, Experiential, and Evidence-Based Learning will hold its 2011 annual conference July 25-28, co-located with Campus Technology 2011 in Boston. A Call For Proposals for the AAEEBL event is open through Jan. 28.
The University of Connecticut is among the most recent institutions to go live with the Kuali Financial System. During the Kuali Days conference in Austin this fall, Campus Technology interviewed Charles Eaton, UConn's controller, to get his comments on "the buzz" at this year's show and what it means to be a member of the Kuali community.
In the third installment of a four-part series, Gene, a well-established CIO of a sizable IT organization at a top-100 university, has been working with his team to regain the trust of the campus through Project Rescue, a 30-day turnaround plan focused on demonstrating IT’s value. Project Rescue has two primary objectives: Implement a more transparent planning and governance process, and deliver a series of quick wins around some visible projects with high customer value.
The University of Missouri Journalism School, the Reynolds Journalism Institute, and their industry partners including Adobe, Apple, and AT&T are supporting student development work in order to find new ways to reach a changing audience that shuns traditional media. A series of contests will help analyze ideas fostered by the student work and make student products available for real-world applications.
TeamDynamix has released an update to Task Manager, a free standalone application for higher education project management that was initially released about a year ago.
TeamDynamix has released Task Manager, a free stand-alone application for higher education project management.
State budget cuts are hammering higher education. CT looks at three public schools that are using proven IT tools to help weather the storm.
Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff is standardizing its project portfolio management on a Web-based solution.
When Scott Coffman came on board as associate director of applications and programming for Toledo-based Owens Community College last year, one of his first tasks was to overhaul project management. "The college was using a combination of shareware, Excel spreadsheets, and Microsoft Project to track and manage projects," said Coffman. "It wasn't very effective."
TeamDynamixHE released a new version of its higher education-focused project and portfolio management application.
SmartDraw Software has released SmartDraw 2012, with improved organizational tools, visual information hubs, and the ability to assign projects by person.
A company that sells multiple products for managing the IT infrastructure has announced the addition of a project management component to its main service desk offering.
When funding levels are reduced, IT leadership struggles to find ways to continue delivering expected levels of service and support. Joe Traino, CTO at Coconino Community College in Arizona, says that while the current economic environment seems daunting, creative strategies and partnerships will help IT departments run the institution's technology infrastructure more efficiently without reducing services--and may even present opportunities for new resources and services.
Auburn University has licensed project portfolio management software from Skire to provide real-time information for capital program management.
TeamDynamix has released an update to its project and portfolio management software for higher education, TeamDynamixHE. The new version, TeamDynamixHE 8.1, adds
"hundreds" of new features, including the addition of asset management functionality.
Florida State University has chosen a Web-based solution for project and portfolio management in an effort to streamline IT governance, project planning, and project prioritization.
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is giving its students hands-on experience managing group projects with the help of a cloud-based collaborative work platform.
The Microsoft Project Conference 2009 event kicked off in Phoenix on Wednesday with new details about the next generation of Microsoft's software products for project planning.
Bristol Community College, an urban college in southeastern Massachusetts, has redesigned many of its courses around common learning outcomes. With the help of a Title III grant from the Department of Education, BCC has supported faculty by developing Course Design Toolkits and identifying an array of digital instructional artifacts relevant to course content and supportive of learning outcomes.
The University of Kentucky's Research Information Services group, which serves a 300-plus staff of research administrators facilitating $300 million in university grants, has realized dramatic savings by consolidating from five network support software tools to a single system.
TeamDynamixHE has released a major upgrade to its project and portfolio management tool, TeamDynamixHE 7.
"You shouldn't have to be a rocket scientist to use BI," according to John Rome of Arizona State University's office of technology. So he works to make data accessible to users of all skill levels, largely through the use of dashboards--succinct graphical summaries of information that are commonly used in business to present data to executives and managers.
In response to rapid technology shifts, IT's role on campus is changing. How CIOs adapt to the new reality will determine whether their organizations remain viable and valuable, or see their relevance slowly diminish.
After more than two years of deliberation, the memberships of two of the highest-profile organizations producing open source software for the higher education marketplace have voted to go ahead with their long-considered merger. Sakai and Jasig will merge and become "Apereo" by early 2013.
Mobile implementations bring relevance to the institution for students and other campus constituents. But many colleges and universities over think their mobile strategies, causing needless delays in deriving value from their mobile projects. Tim Flood, a seasoned leader of mobile initiatives including Stanford University's iStanford project, points out some of the unique requirements of mobile implementations, and urges institutions to move more quickly on mobile.
Owens Community College with three campuses in the Toledo, OH area has implemented Daptiv's project portfolio management (PPM) application across the institution to streamline its project management process and improve communication about projects. A PPM provides a way to prioritize and track multiple projects and allows multiple users to update project details and view status. Daptiv's product is software as a service, delivered to users through a Web browser.
IT organizations have reached a point where they must become innovators instead of builders. Here's how to foster an environment of innovation.
At the American Public University System, creating an online library course guide for every course the university offers (now numbering over 1,800) is just a first step. It's the application of metrics and data analysis for a higher level of quality assurance that will sustain the program into the future.
Tapping the talents of a globally based team of programmers promises the alluring image of efficient, around-the-clock application development. But as these students learned, time conflicts, power outages, and over-commitment can get in the way of a good idea.
Australian National University has adopted a project portfolio management application from alfabet. The university's Information Services organization is implementing planningIT to better align its projects with institutional goals and to manage a portfolio of planned and active projects.
6 ideas to help vendors and IT leaders forge a more productive relationship.
A disciplined approach to risk management can help you prepare for the worst and prevent unexpected problems from derailing your project.
A comprehensive change-management solution from SunView is helping a giant community college district get a handle on its production system.
With so many disruptive forces at work in higher education, colleges and universities are faced with the imperative to change not just technologies and processes, but behaviors and mindsets. In part one of a two-part series, change-management experts share six ways to smooth large-scale transformations on campus.
Despite a glaring need for specialist project managers, universities tend to embark on major IT implementations without their services. CT shares 6 ways to make the best of a less-than-ideal situation.
Today's employers are looking for graduates with polished soft skills -- creative problem solvers who can work well with others, communicate effectively, and adjust quickly to shifts in the business environment. See how one Illinois institution is using Web-based collaboration tools to foster these important skills in business students.
Administrative systems designed to streamline processes and provide the keys to better decision making might end up as "shelfware" if institutions fall prey to some common mistakes in large implementations. Find out how to avoid these pitfalls...
Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana's largest public postsecondary institution serving nearly 200,000 students annually, is deploying Eclipse PPM project portfolio management software from Solution Q.
For the University of Notre Dame, analyzing failed technology projects has led to a more efficient, successful IT operation.
Course development at the country's fastest growing nonprofit online educator is a major endeavor. Here's how SNHU manages the process.
How many times have you heard "Our students are used to Google and Amazon… How could we ever match that here on campus?" Maybe now you can. Through a partnership with Indiana University, rSmart is offering OneCampus, a cloud-based service that gives institutions an easy way to transform older, portal-based systems into updated, cloud-based campus services that rival any online shopping experience.
Alloy Software has released the latest version of its service desk and IT asset management solution for medium and large organizations, Alloy Navigator Enterprise 7.
OneCommunity announced that it will offer, in 2015, the first 100 gigabit, commercially available network services. CT talked with OneCommunity CEO Lev Gonick and Case Western Reserve University CIO Sue Workman, to find out how the work might serve as a model as high speed networking technologies mature.
Cuyahoga Community College, a CT 2008 Innovator award recipient in the field of Business Intelligence, has maintained its innovative edge with a major implementation of a dashboard that measures student success and completion for the institution and is available to departments campus wide.
Ball State University is known for offering its students not only the experience of using the latest technologies, but also the chance to develop them. CT spoke with Ball State University's Senior Software Engineer for Developing Technologies, Kyle Parker.
Joel Dehlin reflects on KualiCo's first 8 months operating as a for-profit company that offers Kuali as a cloud service.
What if your university sent more than 50 million e-mails to its 20,000-plus registered students? How could your students keep up? At Ball State University, developers are piloting Campus Hub, a new service to help students identify and act on the most important messages from their institution.
The application of competency-based education in U.S. higher education is uneven: Some programs are just starting up; others are firmly rooted and flourishing as they serve today's non-traditional students. Will we soon see the kind of innovation in CBE that will ultimately contribute to widespread, mainstream implementations?
Hobsons announced its acquisition of the PAR (Predictive Analytics Reporting) Framework this month, and the PAR team is already in Arlington for the onboarding process. CT spoke with Ellen Wagner, who is now Chief Research Officer for the PAR Framework and VP for Research at Hobsons; and Stephen M. Smith, President of Advising and Admissions Solutions at Hobsons for their views on the acquisition.
Understanding project stakeholders and processes is key to better management of AV installations on campus.
When designing classroom audiovisual systems, it's important to clearly define the project's overall goals, requirements and direction. Here's how.
Getting the right message out can be the difference between success or failure for technology projects on campus. Here's how three universities have fine-tuned their IT communication strategies.
From floor plans and lighting zones to mounting specs and viewing angles, detailed AV design drawings will help keep your classroom audiovisual installation on track.
After only about five years since its inception, a free, open education resource called FLEXspace is already demonstrating its potential to improve both the process of creating campus learning spaces and the science of using them.
Earlier this academic year, Virginia Commonwealth University was faced with a huge logistical challenge — an international, world-class bike race would disrupt local traffic patterns and supply lines. But the university saw the event as an opportunity to offer students a week of mini-courses, using the race environment as a giant learning lab and tapping a range of technologies to support student work.
Communication is key for a successful classroom AV implementation — and that means getting the construction documents, drawings and specifications right.