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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
Demski, Jennifer – Campus Technology, 2012
Finally--12 years into the 21st century--higher ed classrooms are turning into incubators for the kind of learning environment that curriculum and instructional technology experts have advocated for years. Yet a key question remains: Can legacy learning management systems (LMSs) be dragged into the 21st century as part of this new educational…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Internet, Higher Education, Integrated Learning Systems
Poremba, Sue Marquette – Campus Technology, 2012
Who hasn't received mail from a company notifying them that their personal information may have been compromised? No organization--not Amazon, not the CIA--is immune to cyberattacks, and higher education is no exception. Indeed, colleges and universities may be even more susceptible to security breaches than their corporate brethren, and the…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Access to Computers, Computer Security, Safety
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
Schaffhauser, Dian – Campus Technology, 2011
Successful web portals help users stay informed, in touch, and up to speed. They are also a telling window into the efficiency of one's institution. To develop a cutting-edge portal takes planning, communication, and research. In this article, the author presents and discusses 10 keys to portal success: (1) make critical info visible; (2) make the…
Descriptors: Privacy, Internet, Access to Information, Web Sites
Waters, John K. – Campus Technology, 2011
A decade has passed since author, game designer, and educational thought leader Marc Prensky heralded the arrival of a new generation of students whose immersion in information technology distinguished them in fundamental ways from previous generations. Because they had spent their entire lives "surrounded by and using computers, videogames,…
Descriptors: Educational Principles, Definitions, Generational Differences, Social Change
Fredette, Michelle – Campus Technology, 2011
In April, Asia officially ran out of Internet Protocol (IP) version 4 addresses--the computer equivalent of running out of telephone numbers. Over the next couple of years, the rest of the world will also run dry. Yet, unlike the Y2K bug that had some people convinced the sky would fall, this particular problem is generating little more than tired…
Descriptors: Internet, Educational Technology, Information Technology, Performance Technology
Waters, John K. – Campus Technology, 2011
After traveling a long, tortuous road, the much-anticipated e-book revolution has finally arrived. So where is the revolution in the "e-textbook" market? According to the National Association of College Stores (NACS), digital books currently account for less than 3 percent of textbook sales. NACS expects that percentage to reach 10 to 15 percent…
Descriptors: Books, Electronic Publishing, Textbooks, Textbook Publication
Ramaswami, Rama – Campus Technology, 2011
Just a few years ago, virtual worlds were credited with the power to transform the universe. Used since the late 1990s in military and medical applications, virtual worlds first gained mainstream media attention when Linden Lab released Second Life in 2003. While other worlds, including open source environments, have launched since then (examples…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Computer Software, Technical Support, Computer Uses in Education
Waters, John K. – Campus Technology, 2011
The for-profit sector of higher education has generated some disturbing headlines recently. Widely publicized charges of predatory recruiting practices have prompted new regulations and provided fuel for scorching criticism of the entire business model. But while the spotlight is focused on what for-profits are doing wrong, are people overlooking…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Proprietary Schools, Publicity, Educational Trends
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
Grayson, Katherine – Campus Technology, 2010
If there's anyone in the academic IT arena taking seriously the possibility that campus identity management (IdM) may one day meld with consumer apps, it's Nate Klingenstein, one of the founding members of the Shibboleth Project (the open source project providing architecture and policy structures for managing single sign-on access to resources).…
Descriptors: Open Source Technology, Information Technology, Higher Education, Internet
Grush, Mary – Campus Technology, 2010
The term "open education" has been in use at least since the 1920s, when it emerged as an educational experiment in the Soviet Union. But since the spread of the internet in the late 20th century, open education has come to be inextricably associated with information technology. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Open Educational Resources…
Descriptors: Open Education, Information Technology, Influence of Technology, Internet
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