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Villano, Matt – Campus Technology, 2010
If a school is seeking to incorporate more collaborative approaches to teaching and learning, the design of the learning environment--whether it's a classroom or a more informal space--can be a critical factor in making this transformative move. Technology, in particular, can play a pivotal role in enabling students to work effectively in teams…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Teacher Collaboration, Educational Facilities Improvement, Educational Facilities Planning
Villano, Matt – Campus Technology, 2009
In this article, the author discusses how several institutions are turning to popular technologies to streamline and facilitate fundraising efforts. These popular solutions include social networking websites and other Web 2.0 tools, e-mail marketing products, and a new look at enterprise-level solutions. At Monmouth College, web professionals…
Descriptors: Fund Raising, Internet, Social Networks, Web Sites
Villano, Matt – Campus Technology, 2009
As the national economic climate worsens, and college and university endowments, coffers, and funding sources shrink, schools are forced to get the most out of every dollar. That means that administrators are bending over backwards to see that all new investments provide maximum return on investment (ROI) over the long term. Campus eCommerce is no…
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Investment, Business, Internet
Villano, Matt – Campus Technology, 2009
Academic technologists at Lynn University (Florida) learned the hard way just how important a disaster recovery plan can be. Back in 2005, when Hurricane Wilma walloped the region with driving rain and 120 mile-per-hour winds, the storm debilitated Lynn's IT department, causing damage and flooding that thwarted the campus network for nearly two…
Descriptors: Emergency Programs, Educational Technology, Information Technology, Internet
Villano, Matt – Campus Technology, 2009
Original research and content creation in the university environment have historically been the domain of faculty and their graduate students. Nowadays, however, undergraduate programs at universities across the country are putting undergrads in the center of the action. This article describes some of these programs--at Duke University (North…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, Educational Change, Internet, Humanities
Villano, Matt; Gullon, Monica – Campus Technology, 2009
Like fine wines, Web 2.0 technologies get better with age. Gone are the days of the pointless chat room; this is the era of social networking juggernauts such as Facebook, MySpace, and Friendster. Services offered by these firms are helpful in facilitating connections among users in every industry and of every age. In higher education, however, a…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Social Networks, Benchmarking, Technological Advancement
Villano, Matt – Campus Technology, 2008
There is no shortage of online learning platforms available today. Whether it is Blackboard (, Desire2Learn (, Sakai (, Moodle (, Angel Learning (, Datatel (projected to be a CMS player in Q4 2008;, or another product, chances are that…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Online Courses, Chalkboards, Internet
Villano, Matt – Campus Technology, 2008
Not that many years back, portals were nothing more than splash pages from which users could click on links to navigate a school's web-based resources. Today, however, they are much more: single sign-on gateways that easily enable users to do everything from pay tuition and view transcripts, to purchase parking permits, and sell used books. Still,…
Descriptors: Internet, Web Sites, Educational Technology, Computer Uses in Education
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Villano, Matt – T.H.E. Journal, 2008
The Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requires any school or library receiving funding from the federal E-Rate program to deploy web filtering technology to prevent users from viewing objectionable material while they are using the institution's computers. However, opponents of web filtering legislation question whether or not mandated…
Descriptors: Internet, Web Sites, Computer Security, Computer Uses in Education
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Villano, Matt – T.H.E. Journal, 2008
With K-12 students seeming to, at all times, have one foot in the real world and one in the virtual, school districts are starting to acknowledge a new collective responsibility: to teach kids what it means to be a good digital citizen and how to go about being one. The movement to address and characterize digital citizenship originated in the UK,…
Descriptors: Citizenship, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Technology, Internet
Villano, Matt – Campus Technology, 2007
This article explores different approaches that facilitate online collaboration. The newest efforts in collaboration revolve around wikis. These websites allow visitors to add, remove, edit, and change content directly online. Another fairly affordable approach involves open source, a programming language that is, in many ways, collaborative…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Programming Languages, Programming, Internet
Villano, Matt – Campus Technology, 2007
Back in the 1990s, when Bill Clinton was president and the internet was still a novelty, college recruitment was remarkably low-tech. Most prospective students visited high school guidance offices, wrote away for information about schools, attended college fairs, and visited campuses they were considering. Most admissions and recruiting activities…
Descriptors: Internet, Recruitment, Marketing, Computer Uses in Education
Villano, Matt – Campus Technology, 2007
Nowadays, college and university auxiliary services departments are turning to text messaging types of technologies to move a host of programs and offerings into the mobile environment. A July 2007 study by Youth Trends indicated that 95 percent of college freshmen come to school with a cell phone or other handheld device, and 78 percent of them…
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Students, Communication Strategies, College Administration
Villano, Matt – Campus Technology, 2007
A long time ago, revamping a school's telecommunications infrastructure was up there with scaling Mount Everest as one of the toughest challenges around. First up was the task of finding a new PBX. Then came the chore of rewiring the campus. Before long, project costs skyrocketed. Even well-funded IT departments struggled to get the job done.…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Telecommunications, Information Technology, Higher Education
Villano, Matt – Campus Technology, 2006
Using videotaped lectures to practice American Sign Language (ASL) used to be a pretty tiresome process for hearing-impaired and other students at the University of Rochester (NY). In order to access the videos, students had to trek to the campus library, reserve an audio/visual station in the media center, take out the appropriate tape, and watch…
Descriptors: Deafness, Foreign Countries, Educational Technology, American Sign Language
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