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Raths, David – Campus Technology, 2012
This is the first article in a six-part series on the elements of a collaborative classroom: furniture, social media, video/web conferencing tools, collaborative software, interactive devices, and mobile devices. With most universities facing tight budgets, convincing administrators to invest in expensive new classrooms is a challenge. Many higher…
Descriptors: Cooperation, Internet, Video Technology, Furniture
Raths, David – Campus Technology, 2012
For tech-savvy educators looking to connect with students, social media have a powerful allure: Not only are sites such as Facebook and Twitter inherently designed for discussion and the exchange of ideas, but most students are already immersed in the technology. While these sites have their critics, social media's potential for collaboration is…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Internet, Mass Media Role, Mass Media Effects
Ramaswami, Rama; Raths, David; Schaffhauser, Dian; Skelly, Jennifer – Campus Technology, 2011
For many IT shops, the cloud offers an opportunity not only to improve operations but also to align themselves more closely with their schools' strategic goals. The cloud is not a plug-and-play proposition, however--it is a complex, evolving landscape that demands one's full attention. Security, privacy, contracts, and contingency planning are all…
Descriptors: Educational Planning, Campuses, Information Technology, Higher Education
Raths, David – Campus Technology, 2011
Many university officials recognize the need to upgrade their older analog video surveillance systems. In a 2010 survey by "Campus Safety" magazine, half of university respondents expressed dissatisfaction with the quality and coverage of their current video surveillance systems. Among the limitations of analog closed-circuit television…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Internet, Computer Uses in Education, Technology Planning
Raths, David – Campus Technology, 2011
In many ways, specialized computer labs are the black holes of IT organizations. Budgets, equipment, employees--even space itself--are sucked in. Given a choice, many IT shops would engage warp drive and escape their gravitational pull forever. While Captain Kirk might have looked to Scotty for a fix to the problem, colleges and universities are…
Descriptors: Internet, Virtual Classrooms, Asynchronous Communication, Electronic Learning
Raths, David – Campus Technology, 2009
Are colleges and universities doing enough to take advantage of Web 2.0 and social networking tools in their recruitment and retention efforts? "Not even close," says Sam Richard, a 23-year-old junior in the College of Public Programs at Arizona State University in Phoenix. Richard is one of six students in ASU's Student Ambassadors for…
Descriptors: Internet, Social Networks, Creativity, Information Technology
Raths, David – Campus Technology, 2009
Students at Tompkins Cortland Community College (commonly known as TC3) in upstate New York can use mobile phones to check their grades and course schedules, sign up for text alerts about class cancellations, and view a campus weather cam. They can even view their debit card account balances--all courtesy of the TC3 Mobile portal. The students at…
Descriptors: Internet, Handheld Devices, Educational Technology, Computer Uses in Education
Raths, David – Campus Technology, 2009
As much as it is eagerly anticipated, freshman year is often a time of confusion, disorientation, and even alienation for many students. One in four college freshmen will drop out before completing sophomore year. The reasons for this high level of withdrawal vary, but a report suggests that new students often feel overwhelmed and unprepared for…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, School Holding Power, Adjustment (to Environment), Case Studies
Raths, David – Campus Technology, 2009
At pioneering schools across the country, ultra-mobile PCs and smart phones are fostering innovation in teaching, learning, and collaboration. In this article, the author discusses how these schools are using mobile devices in the classroom. At Abilene Christian University, specialist are working to create a product that will allow more…
Descriptors: Telecommunications, Internet, Higher Education, Educational Technology