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Technology continues to evolve rapidly not only in networking, but also in computation and storage and in the four principal college and university application areas—administrative systems, teaching and learning, research and community services. ECAR Working Groups provide a venue where IT professionals from diverse institutions, with varying capabilities and resources, can come together to address these converging challenges to help higher education institutions transfer wisdom with regard to these challenges across institutions to prepare for the future.

EDUCAUSE members are the driving force in choosing what technological challenges and questions the new enterprise will tackle. Work is carried out within working groups and is overseen by the ECAR Working Groups Strategies Committee, which consists of chairs from each working group, other ECAR member representatives, and EDUCAUSE staff.


New Projects Starting

The following new projects are just getting started. Group members are being recruited; if you'd like to participate, please let us know. Working groups typically include 12-15 members; for more on the formation process, visit the ECAR Working Groups Governance.

  • Using the LMS to Produce Predictive Analytics
    How can the LMS be used effectively to produce predictive analytics and where should a CIO start conversations about a strategic approach to learning analytics? A joint ECAR/ELI project.
  • Preparing Your IT Organization for the Cloud
    A guide for organizations that are looking to transition from a primarily or only on-premises workshop to one that includes a robust cloud presence, answering the question, “What resources does an organization need to make this move?”
  • The Cost of Distributed IT
    What are the barriers to calculating the cost of distributed IT, and how can they be overcome? A joint ECAR/CDS project.
  • The Promise and Reality of SDN
    What is software-defined networking, where will it help you in the long-term, and where does it stand now? A joint ECAR-CCI/ECAR-CIA project.
  • Research Computing in the Cloud
    What research computing, realistically, is technically possible in the cloud? An ECAR-CCI project.

Get Involved with ecar groups

Starting or joining a working group is a great way to collaborate with colleagues across institutions and help support the higher education community. For more about how groups are formed and managed, please see the ECAR Working Groups Governance.

  • Join a Current Group: Participation in current groups is open to all EDUCAUSE members, though space on groups may be limited. Project-based group rosters are set at the beginning of each project. Standing groups have open rosters. If you would like to join a group, please contact us.
  • Propose a Topic: Do you have an idea that you think would benefit from focused attention? Have you started a project at your own institution and now are looking for support to share it with the broader higher education community? Is there a specific problem that you would like to see addressed and think a working group could help? Let us know!
  • Give Us Feedback: The ECAR Working Groups Strategies Committee recommends strategic direction for ECAR-WGs and ECAR staff manage the working groups. We welcome your feedback and hope to hear your suggestions on how the working groups can best support you in your work. Feel free to contact any of the committee members or contact us directly.
  • Find Out More:
    • Sign up for the ECAR Update newsletter for regular updates on ECAR working groups.
    • Attend in-person group meetings at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference. You can also participate in sessions and webinars led by working group members.
    • Review what ECAR Working Groups have already published in the EDUCAUSE library.



How to Get Started

  1. Review the ways to get involved (at left).
  2. Learn more on the individual group pages (above).
  3. Contact us if you have questions.



International Issues in the Cloud

How do universities cope with data protection requirements, or threats, that are disparately applied, while their students, faculty, and staff need to operate across borders and outside the confines of their university’s network? When outsourcing to cloud services, how are institutional and legislative data protection and privacy requirements maintained? And how do institutions outside of the USA navigate the complexities of complying with their local requirements when contract jurisdiction is in a foreign state – along with their data?

This ECAR brief will present a cross-border representation of the issues from a Canadian and U.S. perspective. Currently under development in the ECAR-WG Strategies Committee.

HEISC Groups

If cybersecurity is your primary focus, the Higher Education Information Security Council (HEISC) working groups may be a better fit for you.

Learn more about each working group or contact us for information.

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