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ECAR working groups bring together higher education IT leaders to address technology challenges. Individuals at EDUCAUSE member institutions are invited to collaborate on projects that advance emerging technologies important to colleges and universities. See all the ECAR Working Group publications in the EDUCAUSE library.


Calls for Participation

Campus Video Strategy: Working group members are now being recruited (ECAR membership is not required to participate).This project aims to develop a matrix that identifies (duplicative and differentiating) features that can be used to select new tools and make a set of recommendations to prepare campuses for building their video technology strategy.

Developing Digital Humanities Support: Join the review group for regular updates and an opportunity to provide early feedback.

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New Publications

New Technology Spotlights:

  • Ethernet Fabrics
    Higher education institutions and their researchers rely on data. Ethernet fabrics help meet bandwidth and flexibility requirements and provide a scalable, low-latency networking approach.
  • OpenPGP
    OpenPGP permits the exchange of encrypted and/or authenticated e-mail messages between collaborating partners in higher education or elsewhere.

Technology Spotlights

This series of papers is designed to help you learn about and understand the implications of emerging technologies in higher education.

2016 Spotlights:

  • OpenPGP
  • Ethernet fabrics
  • Open digital microcredentials
  • SPOCs
  • Quantum computing
  • Public Key Infrastructure
  • Affective computing

See also the 2015 Spotlights

New Webinar Series: ClOUD

We are excited to announce a new ECAR Working Group webinar series. These events are meant to engage the ECAR community in a conversation around previously published ECAR Working Group content. No registration is required.

  • Tuesday, June 7 - 3-4 p.m. ET
    Cloud: Are You Ready?

    Webinar Leads: Mike Chapple, Notre Dame University and Tom Dugas, Carnegie Mellon University
    What is the unique value that cloud brings to your institution, how do you determine a cloud service's TCO, and what different strategies can you adopt to move to the cloud?
  • Tuesday, July 12 - 3-4 p.m. ET
    Cloud: Transforming the IT Organization
    Webinar Leads: Deborah Carraway, NC State University and Steven A. Terry, Denison University
    Join us for a conversation about governance and staffing issues when moving to the cloud.
  • Tuesday, August 30 • 3-4 p.m. ET
    Operations and Risk Management in the Cloud

    Webinar Leads: TBA
    What issues need to be addressed when moving to the cloud? This session will look at operations, risk, and working with users.

For more information or to suggest future webinar topics, contact us at

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Address emerging issues, identify trends, present findings, and more.