EDUCAUSE | Blogs http://www.educause.edu/blogs en EDUCAUSE | Blogs http://www.educause.edu/blogs http://www.educause.edu/sites/all/themes/educause/images/e_rss.png Postsecondary Trending Now: Integrated Planning and Advising Services http://www.educause.edu/blogs/millichap/postsecondary-trending-now-integrated-planning-and-advising-services <p>Everyone in an institution of higher education&#8212;senior administrators, faculty members, staff in student services and in information technology&#8212;is a stakeholder in the success that its students attain by persisting in their courses and, ultimately, completing their credentials.&#160; Happily, these stakeholders are no longer &#8216;in the dark,&#8217; as institutions&#8217; various digital systems for managing courses and student information can now communicate with one another, providing large amounts of up-to-the-minute data about the progress individual students are making academically &#8211; or not making.</p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/millichap/postsecondary-trending-now-integrated-planning-and-advising-services" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:53:30 +0000 322751 at http://www.educause.edu Congress Passes Cybersecurity Bills in Lame Duck Session http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jen-ortega/congress-passes-cybersecurity-bills-lame-duck-session <p>Congress has passed four cybersecurity bills in the final days of the 113<sup>th</sup> Congress. The bills largely codify existing federal agency activity, but they are seen as major steps for cybersecurity, representing the first substantial cybersecurity reforms approved by Congress in the past twelve years.</p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jen-ortega/congress-passes-cybersecurity-bills-lame-duck-session" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 22:34:35 +0000 322701 at http://www.educause.edu Stephen Colbert on Service and Love http://www.educause.edu/blogs/hogue/stephen-colbert-service-and-love <p><strong><a href="http://www.educause.edu/members/bill-hogue">Bill Hogue</a></strong>, Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, University of South Carolina</p><p>Stephen Colbert is a famous comedian and satirist. It&#8217;s easy to imagine that he was an overnight success. But like many other great performers, Colbert spent years honing his skills and developing his craft in relative anonymity before he emerged as a cultural phenomenon. His preparation for stardom included several years studying improvisational theater (improv), first at Northwestern University and then as a member of The Second City in Chicago, one of the most influential comedy theaters in the country.</p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/hogue/stephen-colbert-service-and-love" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 05 Dec 2014 19:23:28 +0000 322345 at http://www.educause.edu Metatrends Conclusions http://www.educause.edu/blogs/dianao/future-slant-metatrends-conclusions <p>Diana G. Oblinger and Joanne Dehoney</p><p>This post concludes a blog series describing five &#8220;metatrends,&#8221; drawn from a review of articles in industry IT press, that affect CIOs in all IT sectors:&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;</p><ul> <li><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/dianao/challenges-scale">Challenges of scale</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/dianao/future-slant-analytics">Analytics</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/dianao/technology-and-work">Technology and work</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/dianao/business-value">Business value</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/dianao/competition-and-control">Competition and control</a></li></ul><p>&#160;</p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/dianao/future-slant-metatrends-conclusions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 02 Dec 2014 21:17:21 +0000 322202 at http://www.educause.edu Stephen Colbert on Dreams http://www.educause.edu/blogs/hogue/stephen-colbert-dreams <p><strong><a href="http://www.educause.edu/members/bill-hogue">Bill Hogue</a></strong>, Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, University of South Carolina</p><p>The satirist Stephen Colbert is a popular commencement speaker. He&#8217;s a funny guy, and his speeches draw lots of laughs, just as we would expect. But commencement tradition also demands that the speaker dispense advice to the graduates. So, what wisdom does Colbert offer to the next generation of leaders seated before him?</p><p><em>Follow your dreams.</em></p><p><em>Service is love made visible.</em></p><p><em>Life is an improv. </em></p><p>We&#8217;ll explore Colbert&#8217;s observations about service and improvisation (improv) in later blog posts. Today, let&#8217;s look a little more closely at what he says about &#8220;Follow your dreams.&#8221;</p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/hogue/stephen-colbert-dreams" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 07:00:00 +0000 321903 at http://www.educause.edu Student as Designer: Making EdTech that Increases Student Success http://www.educause.edu/blogs/alexroth/student-designer-making-edtech-increases-student-success <p><strong>Author:</strong> Judith A. Pirani</p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/alexroth/student-designer-making-edtech-increases-student-success" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:28:28 +0000 321956 at http://www.educause.edu Data Privacy Month 2015 http://www.educause.edu/blogs/vvogel/data-privacy-month-2015 <p><img alt="Data Privacy Month 2014" src="http://www.educause.edu/sites/default/files/DataPrivacyMonth-500px.png" style="width: 125px; height: 125px; float: right;" /><span style="line-height: 1.4em;">Did you know that Data Privacy Month (January 28-February 28, 2015) is just two months away? Now is the perfect time for colleges and universities to start planning activities and events.</span></p><p>Here are several ways that you can help raise awareness about data privacy issues on your campus.</p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/vvogel/data-privacy-month-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:18:03 +0000 321912 at http://www.educause.edu 4 Steps to Help Make Informed Technology Decisions http://www.educause.edu/blogs/alexroth/4-steps-help-make-informed-technology-decisions <p><em>By Jonathan Blake Huer, Director of Emerging Technologies and Media Development, Ball State Universit</em>y</p><p><img alt="" class="media-image attr__typeof__foaf:Image img__fid__3558 img__view_mode__media_large attr__format__media_large attr__title__JBHUER_Headshot_VerticalSmall.png attr__layout__inline-right" src="http://nextgenlearning.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/JBHUER_Headshot_VerticalSmall.png?itok=bnlp9zqp" style="width: 100px; height: 150px;" typeof="foaf:Image" /></p><p>Making technology decisions by yourself is incredibly difficult&#8230;especially today! However, there are a few key factors you can consider to make the decision a bit easier. It&#8217;s important to understand a little more about the interesting times in which we live. If you play out Moore&#8217;s Law and assume we&#8217;re getting to the &#8220;back half of the chess board,&#8221; then processing power is increasing far more rapidly than we can comprehend.</p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/alexroth/4-steps-help-make-informed-technology-decisions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 22:54:43 +0000 321900 at http://www.educause.edu Research Libraries Collaborating to Compete http://www.educause.edu/blogs/gbayne/research-libraries-collaborating-compete <p>Learn how Oklahoma&#39;s two largest research institutions were able to leverage federal and state directives to a tangeable and funded project: ShareOK.org</p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/gbayne/research-libraries-collaborating-compete" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 29:14 EDUCAUSE Review Online Learn how Oklahoma&#39;s two largest research institutions were able to leverage federal and state directives to a tangeable and funded project: ShareOK.org Learn how Oklahoma&#39;s two largest research institutions were able to leverage federal and state directives to a tangeable and funded project: ShareOK.org Tue, 18 Nov 2014 18:41:14 +0000 321852 at http://www.educause.edu An Operations Checklist for Adopting Higher Ed Tech Innovations http://www.educause.edu/blogs/alexroth/operations-checklist-adopting-higher-ed-tech-innovations <p><strong>Author:</strong> Judith A. Pirani</p><p><img alt="" class="media-image attr__typeof__foaf:Image img__fid__3303 img__view_mode__media_large attr__format__media_large attr__title__PIraniPortrait.jpeg attr__layout__inline-right" src="http://nextgenlearning.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/PIraniPortrait_0.jpeg?itok=hOl2lmEp" style="width: 100px; height: 133px;" typeof="foaf:Image" /></p><p style="margin-left:.5in;">&#160;<em>&#8220;The lesson learned was that, in addition to providing viable software, successful dissemination must also focus on the adopting institution&#8217;s implementation and ongoing support needs.&#8221;</em><br /> &#8212;Russ Little, Sinclair Community College in <a href="http://nextgenlearning.org/blog/sustainability-partnerships-focus-users-lessons-sinclair-college%E2%80%99s-student-success-plan" target="_blank">Sustainability, Partnerships, Focus on Users: Lessons from Sinclair College&#8217;s Student Success Plan</a></p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/alexroth/operations-checklist-adopting-higher-ed-tech-innovations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 22:46:53 +0000 321776 at http://www.educause.edu NTIA & USPTO Host Fifth Forum on DMCA Notice-Takedown Process http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jen-ortega/ntia-uspto-host-fifth-forum-dmca-notice-takedown-process On October 28, the Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force, comprised of the National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA) and the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), held their fifth multi-stakeholder forum on improving the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) notice-and-takedown process. The meeting took place in Berkeley, California, and was streamed live.<br /> <br /> The forum’s mission is to find ways in which relevant stakeholders can simplify the notice-and-takedown process for both copyright holders and content providers. Currently the forum is operating through a smaller working group made up of representatives from such stakeholders. At the meeting the working group issued a discussion draft outlining its progress so far in finding ways to improve the system.<p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jen-ortega/ntia-uspto-host-fifth-forum-dmca-notice-takedown-process" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 19:33:34 +0000 321744 at http://www.educause.edu Active, Self-paced, Data-driven Learning Leads to Stronger Student Outcomes http://www.educause.edu/blogs/alexroth/active-self-paced-data-driven-learning-leads-stronger-student-outcomes <p style="margin-left: 0;">By Judith A. Pirani</p><p style="margin-left: 0;"><img alt="" class="media-image attr__typeof__foaf:Image img__fid__3330 img__view_mode__media_large attr__format__media_large attr__title__PIraniPortrait.jpg attr__layout__inline-right" src="http://nextgenlearning.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/PIraniPortrait.jpg?itok=tPboa5Qq" style="width: 120px; height: 160px;" typeof="foaf:Image" /></p><p style="margin-left: 0;"><em>&#8220;U Do the Math requires a change in student culture, because [students] are required to work during class. Outside of the classroom, students go to the math lab for individual assistance. While this increase in engagement is uncomfortable for many students at first, they like the approach once they become used to it. Many students take control of their learning, completing multiple courses in one semester.&#8221;</em><br /> &#8212;John Squires, Chattanooga State Community College&#160;</p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/alexroth/active-self-paced-data-driven-learning-leads-stronger-student-outcomes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 18:11:31 +0000 321678 at http://www.educause.edu The Commons: A Space for Managers and Leaders http://www.educause.edu/blogs/cheverij/commons-space-managers-and-leaders <p>Joan F. Cheverie</p><p>Entitled <em>The Professional Development Commons,</em> this new EDUCAUSE blog is intended to be an extension of what a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commons">public commons</a> was historically: a collective tract of land or space that was shared by all and not owned by any one person. In this context, it is meant to be a blog space devoted to all aspects of management and leadership&#8212;a space where you can explore the many facets of being a manager, delve deeper into the topics that you may have been introduced to if you attended an <a href="http://www.educause.edu/careers/educause-institute">EDUCAUSE Institute Program</a>, exchange thoughts with others, and find resources from EDUCAUSE and beyond to support you in your professional development endeavors. In short, this is a commons for furthering your management and leadership skills.</p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/cheverij/commons-space-managers-and-leaders" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 10 Nov 2014 17:17:57 +0000 321375 at http://www.educause.edu Reset and Reimagine http://www.educause.edu/blogs/dianao/reset-and-reimagine-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.4em;">While reinforcing the value of higher education as a provider of a quality education for work, life, and citizenship, the authors in </span><a href="http://www.educause.edu/ero/educause-review-print-edition-volume-49-number-6-novemberdecember-2014" style="line-height: 1.4em;">this issue of <em>EDUCAUSE Review</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.4em;"> have reset and reimagined many of the elements of today&#8217;s colleges and universities. This process begins with the audience.</span></p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/dianao/reset-and-reimagine-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 10 Nov 2014 15:34:45 +0000 321479 at http://www.educause.edu The Secret to Defeating the Status Quo in Education? Engage Faculty http://www.educause.edu/blogs/alexroth/secret-defeating-status-quo-education-engage-faculty <p><strong>Author:</strong> Judith A. Pirani</p><p><img alt="" class="media-image attr__typeof__foaf:Image img__fid__3303 img__view_mode__media_large attr__format__media_large attr__title__PIraniPortrait.jpeg attr__layout__inline-right" src="http://nextgenlearning.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/PIraniPortrait_0.jpeg?itok=hOl2lmEp" style="width: 100px; height: 133px;" typeof="foaf:Image" /></p><p style="margin-left:.5in;"><em>&#8220;Moving a program elsewhere requires a careful retuning of the components and materials, such that all stakeholders in the new environment find it<strong> easier to follow this new model to success</strong> <strong>than to continue with current unsuccessful, but familiar, strategies</strong>.&#34;</em><br /> &#8212;Project team member, Hybrid Labs at California State University, Northridge</p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/alexroth/secret-defeating-status-quo-education-engage-faculty" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 07 Nov 2014 16:55:09 +0000 321489 at http://www.educause.edu NCSAM 2014 Highlights http://www.educause.edu/blogs/vvogel/ncsam-2014-highlights <p>As the 11th anniversary of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) wraps up, we would like to thank the higher education community for another successful celebration! Colleges and universities continue to offer fun, creative activities and events for students, faculty, staff, and their local communities. Here are just a few highlights.</p><p><strong>NCSAM Champions</strong>: Over 100 higher education institutions showed their support along with individuals, businesses, organizations, and government.</p><p><strong>NCSAM Activities</strong>: More than 200 institutions shared their plans during the month of October. See what events took place by visiting the <a href="https://wiki.internet2.edu/confluence/display/2014infosecurityguide/NCSAM+Resource+Kit">NCSAM Resource Kit</a>.</p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/vvogel/ncsam-2014-highlights" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 03 Nov 2014 17:48:15 +0000 321183 at http://www.educause.edu 7 Ways to Use Tech to Improve College Student Success http://www.educause.edu/blogs/kvogt/7-ways-use-tech-improve-college-student-success <p>Educational attainment, academic achievement, student persistence, learning and development, and college completion. The success of college students is getting more attention these days with rising expectations, greater accountability (yet shrinking budgets), and <a href="http://ccrc.tc.columbia.edu/media/k2/attachments/rethinking-developmental-education-in-community-college-brief.pdf" target="_blank">dismal statistics, like this one</a>:</p><p><em>Only about one of every four community college students who take a remedial course graduates within eight years.</em></p><p>The reality we face in higher education today invites different approaches to promote student success.</p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/kvogt/7-ways-use-tech-improve-college-student-success" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:49:07 +0000 321155 at http://www.educause.edu U.S. Dept. of Ed. Links State Authorization and Gainful Employment Regs. http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jcummings/us-dept-ed-links-state-authorization-and-gainful-employment-regs <p>Russ Poulin, Deputy Director of Research and Analysis at WCET, has posted an initial update on the U.S. Department of Education&#39;s new gainful employment regulations and the suprising link they include to the department&#39;s regulatory efforts on state authorization (<a href="http://wcetblog.wordpress.com/2014/10/30/gainful-employment/">http://wcetblog.wordpress.com/2014/10/30/gainful-employment/</a>). The department has not yet issued new regulations for distance education state authorization, so the state authorization requirements applied to gainful employment programs would not yet impact distance learning programs. However, the gainful employment document released by the department includes a reference to a future connection with as-yet-to-be-issued distance education state authorization requirements, which Russ highlights at the conclusion of his post.</p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jcummings/us-dept-ed-links-state-authorization-and-gainful-employment-regs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:40:00 +0000 321098 at http://www.educause.edu Cybersecurity and Crime http://www.educause.edu/blogs/anonymous/cybersecurity-and-crime <p>This week of National Cyber Security Awareness Month centers on law enforcement and looks at the criminal issues surrounding cybersecurity. What follows are three parts aimed at giving you a strategic and tactical understanding of crime committed across the world using networks. Questions to enrich your understanding appear at the end of the blog.</p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/anonymous/cybersecurity-and-crime" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:16:45 +0000 320851 at http://www.educause.edu Cyberbullying in Higher Education http://www.educause.edu/blogs/vvogel/cyberbullying-higher-education <p>By Navika Mahal and Vikram Kulothungan</p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 16.7999992370605px;">Navika Mahal and Vikram Kulothungan are graduate students in the Master of Science in Information Security Policy and Management (MSISPM) program at Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University.</span></strong></p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/vvogel/cyberbullying-higher-education" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:45:51 +0000 320788 at http://www.educause.edu 7 Ways to Boost Your Tech Skills without Going Back to School http://www.educause.edu/blogs/nhays/7-ways-boost-your-tech-skills-without-going-back-school <p>By Sameer Bhatia</p><p><strong>Sameer Bhatia is founder and CEO of </strong><a href="http://www.proprofs.com/knowledgebase/"><strong>ProProfs</strong></a><strong>.</strong></p><p>In the rapidly changing tech world today, it is hardly an exaggeration to say that the skills you learned even just a year or so ago are fast on their way to becoming obsolete. Over the past few years, it has become essential for tech workers to engage in education as a lifelong pursuit &#8212; a constant cycle of learning, unlearning, and relearning &#8212; as new technologies become available and new knowledge and skills become in demand.</p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/nhays/7-ways-boost-your-tech-skills-without-going-back-school" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 14:52:57 +0000 320772 at http://www.educause.edu Podcast: Effective Video for MOOCs http://www.educause.edu/blogs/gbayne/podcast-effective-video-moocs <p>Elizabeth Evans is production lead at the Duke Digital Initiative. In this podcast interview, she explains how to produce effective video for instructors and why video is such an important component for connecting with students.</p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/gbayne/podcast-effective-video-moocs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 13:09 EDUCAUSE Elizabeth Evans is production lead at the Duke Digital Initiative. In this podcast interview, she explains how to produce effective video for instructors and why video is such an important component for connecting with students. Elizabeth Evans is production lead at the Duke Digital Initiative. In this podcast interview, she explains how to produce effective video for instructors and why video is such an important component for connecting with students. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:48:38 +0000 320714 at http://www.educause.edu Policy Presentation at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jen-ortega/policy-presentation-educause-annual-conference <p>At EDUCAUSE&#8217;s 2014 Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, Jarret Cummings, the association&#8217;s director of policy and external relations, and its policy and government relations advisors, Josh Ulman and Jennifer Ortega, reported on the status of several public policy issues of importance to EDUCAUSE and its members. These issues included:</p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jen-ortega/policy-presentation-educause-annual-conference" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:05:32 +0000 320705 at http://www.educause.edu EDUCAUSE Submits Net Neutrality Reply Comments and Participates in FCC Roundtable http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jen-ortega/educause-submits-net-neutrality-reply-comment-and-participates-fcc-roundtable <p>On September 15, EDUCAUSE and eleven other higher education associations submitted <a href="http://www.educause.edu/library/resources/2014-fcc-net-neutrality-rule-making-higher-educationlibraries-reply-comments">reply comments</a> to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on the agency&#8217;s current Open Internet Order and network neutrality proposal. The reply comments further clarified some of the concepts introduced in the coalition&#8217;s <a href="http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/EPO1401.pdf">original comments</a> submitted to the FCC on July 18.</p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jen-ortega/educause-submits-net-neutrality-reply-comment-and-participates-fcc-roundtable" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:38:31 +0000 320630 at http://www.educause.edu EDUCAUSE Submits Letter to NIST on the Agency’s Cybersecurity Framework http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jen-ortega/educause-submits-letter-nist-agency%E2%80%99s-cybersecurity-framework <p>On October 10, EDUCAUSE submitted a letter to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in response to the agency&#8217;s Request for Information (RFI) on the implementation of its cybersecurity framework released on February 12, 2014. The letter did not raise new concerns with the cybersecurity framework but instead directed NIST to review EDUCAUSE&#8217;s previously submitted <a href="http://csrc.nist.gov/cyberframework/rfi_comments/040813_educause.pdf" target="_blank">comments</a>&#160;in response to NIST&#8217;s original RFI, which was published on February 26, 2013, and sought input from stakeholders on the development of the framework.</p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jen-ortega/educause-submits-letter-nist-agency%E2%80%99s-cybersecurity-framework" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:10:25 +0000 320622 at http://www.educause.edu