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: Service Blueprinting http://www.educause.edu/blogs/kvogt/postsecondary-trending-now-service-blueprinting <p><img alt="" class="media-image attr__typeof__foaf:Image img__fid__4584 img__view_mode__media_large attr__format__media_large attr__title__blogimage1july31.png attr__layout__inline-right" height="274" src="http://nextgenlearning.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/blogimage1july31.png?itok=GYJau3ez" typeof="foaf:Image" width="480" /></p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/kvogt/postsecondary-trending-now-service-blueprinting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 12 Aug 2015 21:03:32 +0000 333306 at http://www.educause.edu Closing the Credential Gap: Higher Education’s Accessibility Makeover http://www.educause.edu/blogs/kristidepaul/closing-credential-gap-higher-education%E2%80%99s-accessibility-makeover <p><em>The launch of the 2015 Breakthrough Models Incubator</em></p><p><img alt="" class="media-image attr__typeof__foaf:Image img__fid__4575 img__view_mode__media_large attr__format__media_large attr__title__blogimage2july30.png attr__layout__inline-right" height="274" src="http://nextgenlearning.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/blogimage2july30.png?itok=r7WjjwrP" typeof="foaf:Image" width="480" /></p><p>When you gather a group of university leaders from across the country together in one room, you get widely varied perspectives on the challenges unique to each of them and those they share as well.</p><p>It helps when those leaders represent the diversity in contemporary American higher education: two-year and four-year colleges, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, all a mix of public and private institutions.</p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/kristidepaul/closing-credential-gap-higher-education%E2%80%99s-accessibility-makeover" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 11 Aug 2015 21:21:11 +0000 333259 at http://www.educause.edu An Educated Workforce is Good for Business http://www.educause.edu/blogs/alexroth/educated-workforce-good-business <p><img alt="" class="media-image attr__typeof__foaf:Image img__fid__4566 img__view_mode__media_large attr__format__media_large attr__title__blogimage1july14.png attr__layout__inline-right" src="http://nextgenlearning.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/blogimage1july14.png?itok=-PNx7QZa" style="width: 400px; height: 228px;" typeof="foaf:Image" /></p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/alexroth/educated-workforce-good-business" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 07 Aug 2015 20:49:22 +0000 333091 at http://www.educause.edu Limited Relief from FCC Ruling on Auto-Dialing/-Texting http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jcummings/limited-relief-fcc-ruling-auto-dialing-texting <p>(August 7, 2015) <em>(EDUCAUSE telecommunications policy advisor, John Windhausen of Telepoly Consulting, provided the primary content for this post.) </em>In early June, I <a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jcummings/fcc-rule-auto-textauto-call-liability">wrote</a> about the then-pending action by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to clarify the application of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) to contemporary auto-dialing/auto-texting systems, including those used by colleges and universities. The FCC ruling has since been released, and it only partially addresses the concerns raised by <a href="http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/document/view?id=60001033674">Blackboard</a> and several others who filed petitions with the FCC seeking guidance about their potential liability for communications sent via such systems.</p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jcummings/limited-relief-fcc-ruling-auto-dialing-texting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 07 Aug 2015 18:28:10 +0000 333077 at http://www.educause.edu Higher Education and Privacy in the Age of Big Data http://www.educause.edu/blogs/vvogel/higher-education-and-privacy-age-big-data <p>As higher education institutions continue identifying new ways to leverage big data, it is important to consider the privacy implications and implement best practices. Sol Bermann, campus privacy officer at the University of Michigan and co-chair of the EDUCAUSE Higher Education Chief Privacy Officers working group, describes several privacy challenges institutions face, such as anonymization and de-identification, the unintentional use of data beyond the original intended purpose, and the omnipresent collection, analysis, and sharing of data. Bermann also cites foundational principles around student data privacy and suggests four steps or best practices: plan, be transparent, handle data carefully and with purpose, and provide for individual control.</p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/vvogel/higher-education-and-privacy-age-big-data" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 04 Aug 2015 19:41:27 +0000 332943 at http://www.educause.edu EDUCAUSE Supports Call to Make Federally Funded Ed. Materials OER http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jcummings/educause-supports-call-make-federally-funded-ed-materials-oer <p>(August 4, 2015) A group of 90 higher education and related organizations, including EDUCAUSE, released a <a href="http://www.educause.edu/library/resources/educause-comments-making-federally-funded-educational-resources-oer">letter</a> today calling on the Obama Administration to establish a new government-wide policy on educational, training, and instructional resources developed with federal funds. The proposed new policy would make any such materials open educational resources, and therefore freely available for anyone to use or adapt as needed. As the letter states:</p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jcummings/educause-supports-call-make-federally-funded-ed-materials-oer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 04 Aug 2015 15:09:40 +0000 332928 at http://www.educause.edu U.S. Reps. Rokita and Fudge Introduce Legislation to Safeguard Student Education Records under FERPA http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jen-ortega/us-reps-rokita-and-fudge-introduce-legislation-safeguard-student-education-records-under-ferpa <p style="font-size: 11.9999990463257px; line-height: 16.7999992370605px;"><em>Jen Ortega serves as a consultant to EDUCAUSE on federal policy and government relations. She has worked with EDUCAUSE since 2013 and assists with monitoring legislative and regulatory proposals across a range of policy areas, including cybersecurity, data privacy, e-learning, and accessibility.</em></p><p>&#160;</p><p>(August 3, 2015) On July 22, Representatives Todd Rokita (R-IN) and Marcia Fudge (D-OH) introduced the <em>Student Privacy Protection Act</em> (<a href="http://edworkforce.house.gov/uploadedfiles/student_privacy_protection_act.pdf">H.R. 3157</a>), which would update student privacy safeguards under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA (the federal law that governs institutional management and disclosure of student education records).</p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jen-ortega/us-reps-rokita-and-fudge-introduce-legislation-safeguard-student-education-records-under-ferpa" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 18:01:19 +0000 332792 at http://www.educause.edu Pitching the Next Big Idea in Higher Ed http://www.educause.edu/blogs/kristidepaul/pitching-next-big-idea-higher-ed <p><img alt="" class="media-image attr__typeof__foaf:Image img__fid__4556 img__view_mode__media_large attr__format__media_large attr__title__Screen Shot 2015-08-03 at 10.33.35 AM.png attr__layout__inline-right" src="http://nextgenlearning.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/Screen%20Shot%202015-08-03%20at%2010.33.35%20AM.png?itok=q1SIaXMh" style="width: 420px; height: 239px;" typeof="foaf:Image" /></p><p>Imagine standing before a room full of your peers and colleagues &#8211; many, if not all, of whom have a vested interest in what you&#8217;re about to say. Your project team is armed with slides, possibly containing videos or role-playing scenarios.</p><p>You have five minutes to introduce your project and to convince the audience that your idea to impact higher ed is a viable one. The clock is ticking.</p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/kristidepaul/pitching-next-big-idea-higher-ed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 16:37:06 +0000 332775 at http://www.educause.edu Senate HELP Committee Holds Hearing on HEA Reauthorization http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jen-ortega/senate-help-committee-holds-hearing-hea-reauthorization <p><em>Jen Ortega serves as a consultant to EDUCAUSE on federal policy and government relations. She has worked with EDUCAUSE since 2013 and assists with monitoring legislative and regulatory proposals across a range of policy areas, including cybersecurity, data privacy, e-learning, and accessibility.</em></p><p>&#160;</p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jen-ortega/senate-help-committee-holds-hearing-hea-reauthorization" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 19:10:54 +0000 332526 at http://www.educause.edu Senate ESEA Amendment Calls for Student Privacy Commission http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jcummings/senate-esea-amendment-calls-student-privacy-commission <p class="smoky">Summary: (July 21, 2015) The Senate recently passed its Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization bill, the Every Child Achieves Act. It includes an amendment calling for the formation of a commission to study how to update federal student privacy laws and regulations in light of contemporary technologies and related issues. Such an effort would likely impact student privacy requirements at the higher education level as well. So, even though the prospects for a final ESEA bill to take shape and become law are unclear, the possibility that a student privacy commission could emerge from it makes this year&#39;s ESEA reauthorization of greater than usual interest to higher education.</p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jcummings/senate-esea-amendment-calls-student-privacy-commission" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 21:56:02 +0000 332330 at http://www.educause.edu From Information Management to Experience Fulfillment http://www.educause.edu/blogs/ronkraemer/information-management-experience-fulfillment <p>Ron Kraemer (<a href="mailto:rkraemer@nd.edu">rkraemer@nd.edu</a>) is Chief Information and Digital Officer at the University of Notre Dame.</p><p>Have you thought lately about what you do for a living? Not what your job title is or how you fill your days with activities, but what you or your unit produces that is valued by your institution.</p><p>I attended a project-update meeting a couple weeks ago with our campus leaders from Finance, HR, Campus Safety, Campus Services, Facilities, and Auxiliary Operations. As everyone described all of their most important projects, I realized that virtually every project had notable IT components. When my turn came to speak, I almost just wanted to say: &#8220;I have little to add; everyone else just described all of my important projects that support university administration.&#8221;</p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/ronkraemer/information-management-experience-fulfillment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 17 Jul 2015 15:30:41 +0000 332127 at http://www.educause.edu Non-Distance Ed. State Authorization Regs. Still Impact Distance Ed. http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jcummings/non-distance-ed-state-authorization-regs-still-impact-distance-ed <p class="smoky">Summary: U.S. Department of Education (ED) regulations governing the state authorization that institutions have to have to participate in federal student aid programs took effect on July 1, 2015. Those regulations only address authorization by states in which an institution is physically located; regulations specific to state authorization of distance education remain on hold. The regulations now in force still have implications for distance education, though; they require an institution to provide its students, including distance education students, with information on where they can go in their states of residence (not just the state in which the institution is physically located) to file a complaint against the institution if needed.</p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jcummings/non-distance-ed-state-authorization-regs-still-impact-distance-ed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 14 Jul 2015 14:45:03 +0000 331841 at http://www.educause.edu The Importance of Mastery and Working Smart http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jack/importance-mastery-and-working-smart <p>Jack Suess is Vice President of IT and CIO at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).</p><p>This is the second in my blog post series building on Richard St. John&#39;s <a href="http://www.ted.com/talks/richard_st_john_s_8_secrets_of_success?language=en">TED Talk &#34;8 Secrets of Success.&#34;</a> The first post in the series, <a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jack/finding-your-secrets-success">&#34;Finding <i>Your</i> Secrets to Success,&#34;</a> was about finding your passion. Today&#39;s post will combine two of the eight secrets that I feel are related: get good at something; and learn to work hard.</p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jack/importance-mastery-and-working-smart" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 08 Jul 2015 22:06:06 +0000 331618 at http://www.educause.edu CNI Podcast: Building a 3D Printer Lab at Northeastern University Libraries http://www.educause.edu/blogs/gbayne/cni-podcast-building-3d-printer-lab-northeastern-university-libraries-0 <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/209424420&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/gbayne/cni-podcast-building-3d-printer-lab-northeastern-university-libraries-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 12:07 Mon, 06 Jul 2015 16:17:22 +0000 331533 at http://www.educause.edu Competency-Based Education: What We Learned from Experience http://www.educause.edu/blogs/alexroth/competency-based-education-what-we-learned-experience <p><img alt="" class="media-image attr__typeof__foaf:Image img__fid__4502 img__view_mode__media_large attr__format__media_large attr__title__blogimage1june23Competency-Based Education.jpg attr__layout__inline-right" height="274" src="http://nextgenlearning.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/blogimage1june23Competency-Based%20Education_1.jpg?itok=xJO-xbwh" typeof="foaf:Image" width="480" /></p><p><strong>Author:</strong> Mary W. Hendrix, Vice-President for Student Access and Success, Texas A&#38;M University-Commerce</p><p><img alt="" class="media-image attr__typeof__foaf:Image img__fid__4503 img__view_mode__media_large attr__format__media_large attr__title__4518066189_20cd601a3a_b.jpg attr__layout__inline-right" src="http://nextgenlearning.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/4518066189_20cd601a3a_b.jpg?itok=Mm6shbiu" style="width: 100px; height: 149px;" typeof="foaf:Image" /></p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/alexroth/competency-based-education-what-we-learned-experience" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 19:43:23 +0000 331438 at http://www.educause.edu 10 Lessons Learned from an Award-Winning Digital Badging Program http://www.educause.edu/blogs/ssmith/10-lessons-learned-award-winning-digital-badging-program <p><img alt="" class="media-image attr__typeof__foaf:Image img__fid__4496 img__view_mode__media_large attr__format__media_large attr__title__blogimage9june25.png attr__layout__inline-right" height="274" src="http://nextgenlearning.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/blogimage9june25.png?itok=IMdhgbSH" typeof="foaf:Image" width="480" /></p><p>This week, I was invited to give a talk on digital badging at the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education&#8217;s (<a class="ext" href="http://www.aace.org" target="_blank">AACE</a>) World Conference on Educational Media and Technology in Montr&#233;al, Quebec, Canada. (The conference had a significant amount of <a class="ext" href="https://academicexperts.org/conf/edmedia/2015/attendees/map/" target="_blank">international participation</a>.)</p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/ssmith/10-lessons-learned-award-winning-digital-badging-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 21:58:23 +0000 330934 at http://www.educause.edu Expectations for the Next Generation Digital Learning Environment http://www.educause.edu/blogs/mbbrown/expectations-next-generation-digital-learning-environment <p><img alt="" class="media-image attr__typeof__foaf:Image img__fid__4470 img__view_mode__media_large attr__format__media_large attr__title__blogimage5june24.png attr__layout__inline-right" height="274" src="http://nextgenlearning.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/blogimage5june24.png?itok=UvJIR0Xp" typeof="foaf:Image" width="480" /></p><p><br /> <em><strong>A Response to Bloggers&#39; Comments</strong></em></p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/mbbrown/expectations-next-generation-digital-learning-environment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 24 Jun 2015 20:00:51 +0000 330777 at http://www.educause.edu Looking Back, Facing Forward, Listening http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jobrien/looking-back-facing-forward-listening <p>John O&#8217;Brien (<a href="mailto:jobrien@educause.edu">jobrien@educause.edu</a>) is President and CEO of EDUCAUSE.</p><p>There is a lot to be learned about an organization by how it sends off a departing leader, and I&#8217;m touched and heartened by the outpouring of support for Diana Oblinger. I&#8217;ve heard countless times how impossible it is to articulate all that she has done for EDUCAUSE, which speaks to the depth and breadth of her contribution. As we wish her well, this is the perfect moment for looking back and taking stock of all that the association has accomplished&#8212;while also facing forward with a view to plan for the years to come.</p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jobrien/looking-back-facing-forward-listening" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 22 Jun 2015 20:43:09 +0000 330605 at http://www.educause.edu Finding Your Secrets to Success http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jack/finding-your-secrets-success <p><em>Jack Suess is Vice President of IT and CIO at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).</em></p><p>Recently the co-editors of this blog asked if I would write a series of posts to share something I use when I am a guest lecturer in one of our University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) Information Systems courses. The lecture is called &#8220;So You Want to be a CIO: The Secrets to Success.&#8221; When I first started giving this lecture about five years ago, I would describe my position as CIO and how I got to this position. I soon realized that for many students, still struggling to find their way in our profession, the idea of being a CIO was as foreign as wanting to be an astronaut.</p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jack/finding-your-secrets-success" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 22 Jun 2015 15:32:39 +0000 330617 at http://www.educause.edu Podcast: Digital Scholarship Roundtable http://www.educause.edu/blogs/gbayne/podcast-digital-scholarship-roundtable <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/207495078&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/gbayne/podcast-digital-scholarship-roundtable" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 16:15 Wed, 17 Jun 2015 20:22:55 +0000 330508 at http://www.educause.edu Digital Badging: the Rise of Skillbuilding Recognition at EDUCAUSE http://www.educause.edu/blogs/alexroth/digital-badging-rise-skillbuilding-recognition-educause <p><img alt="" class="media-image attr__typeof__foaf:Image img__fid__4442 img__view_mode__media_large attr__format__media_large attr__title__blogimage7june2.png attr__layout__inline-right" height="274" src="http://nextgenlearning.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/blogimage7june2_0.png?itok=srNxQqfj" typeof="foaf:Image" width="480" /></p><p>If you haven&#8217;t already earned a digital badge&#8212;or don&#8217;t know someone who has&#8212;you might be wondering what they&#8217;re all about. Digital badges are a highly visible way to document incremental, lifelong learning that can also be used to recognize professional engagement and achievements.</p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/alexroth/digital-badging-rise-skillbuilding-recognition-educause" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 15 Jun 2015 20:51:13 +0000 330399 at http://www.educause.edu Net Neutrality Rules Take Effect http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jcummings/net-neutrality-rules-take-effect <p>As reported by numerous media outlets (for examples, see <a href="http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/06/11/court-denies-requests-to-keep-new-internet-rules-from-taking-effect-on-friday/?_r=0">here</a> and <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2015/06/12/court-denies-net-neutrality-stay-as-rules-take-effect/">here</a>) as well as the <a href="https://www.fcc.gov/document/chairmans-statement-court-denying-stay-fcc-open-internet-rules">Federal Communications Commission</a> itself, a federal court denied the request to block the FCC from enforcing its network neutrality rules pending the outcome of the cases filed to overturn them. As a result, the rules, which the FCC approved in February and released in March, took effect on Friday, June 12, 2015.</p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/jcummings/net-neutrality-rules-take-effect" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 15 Jun 2015 18:49:39 +0000 330387 at http://www.educause.edu Postsecondary Trending Now: Skills that Employers Value http://www.educause.edu/blogs/kvogt/postsecondary-trending-now-skills-employers-value <p><img alt="" class="media-image attr__typeof__foaf:Image img__fid__4425 img__view_mode__media_large attr__format__media_large attr__title__blogimage4may28.png attr__layout__inline-right" height="274" src="http://nextgenlearning.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/blogimage4may28.png?itok=yqLEjexK" typeof="foaf:Image" width="440" /></p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/kvogt/postsecondary-trending-now-skills-employers-value" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 10 Jun 2015 21:53:49 +0000 330265 at http://www.educause.edu The Future is Now: NGLC Grantees Pioneering New Models, Tech in Higher Ed http://www.educause.edu/blogs/kristidepaul/future-now-nglc-grantees-pioneering-new-models-tech-higher-ed <p><img alt="" class="media-image attr__typeof__foaf:Image img__fid__4424 img__view_mode__media_large attr__format__media_large attr__title__blogimage1may27.png attr__layout__inline-right" height="274" src="http://nextgenlearning.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/blogimage1may27.png?itok=_zii-rFK" typeof="foaf:Image" width="480" /></p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/kristidepaul/future-now-nglc-grantees-pioneering-new-models-tech-higher-ed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 09 Jun 2015 21:41:17 +0000 330227 at http://www.educause.edu A Breakthrough Game Design for Student Success http://www.educause.edu/blogs/alexroth/breakthrough-game-design-student-success <p><img alt="" class="media-image attr__typeof__foaf:Image img__fid__4418 img__view_mode__media_large attr__format__media_large attr__title__blogimage5may11.png attr__layout__inline-right" height="274" src="http://nextgenlearning.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/blogimage5may11.png?itok=rt1PKS3v" typeof="foaf:Image" width="480" /></p><p><strong>By:</strong> Victoria (Tori) Mondelli</p><p><img alt="" class="media-image attr__typeof__foaf:Image img__fid__4353 img__view_mode__media_large attr__format__media_large attr__title__blogimage2may11.png attr__layout__inline-right" src="http://nextgenlearning.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/blogimage2may11.png?itok=ckPqYWdb" style="width: 150px; height: 129px;" typeof="foaf:Image" /></p><p><a href="http://www.educause.edu/blogs/alexroth/breakthrough-game-design-student-success" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 08 Jun 2015 20:51:27 +0000 330185 at http://www.educause.edu