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The Learning Management System Evolution
May 20, 2014

This Spotlight focuses on data from the 2013 Core Data Service (CDS) to better understand how higher education institutions approach learning management systems (LMSs) . Information provid…

Using Analytics at UMBC: Encouraging Student Responsibility and Identifying Effective Course Designs
April 30, 2013

Higher education invests considerable resources into technology for academic purposes, but understanding whether those instructional technologies improve learning is often a difficult questio…

Student Preferences for Mobile App Usage
September 25, 2012

Mobile learning is increasingly an integral part of higher education, and colleges and universities developing mobile learning apps generally face the decision to pursue either device-neutr…

Identifying E-Portfolio Practices at AAU Universities
June 14, 2012

Beginning in July and ending in December 2011, the Center for Instructional Development and Distance Education at the University of Pittsburgh developed and administered a survey designed to gaug…

If I Had a Million Dollars
March 20, 2012

This ECAR Research Bulletin focuses on EDUCAUSE Core Data Service (CDS) survey results related to a somewhat lighthearted but insightful hypothetical question about how two constituent groups mig…

Open Wikis and the Protection of Institutional Welfare
February 7, 2012

Much has been written about wikis’ reliability and use in the classroom. This research bulletin addresses the negative impacts on institutional welfare that can arise from participating in a…

Dynamics of Supporting Sakai Through Local and Global Collaboration
May 27, 2008

This ECAR research bulletin discusses the adjustments that the Indiana University information technology organization made, and continues to make, in order to support membership in Sakai. It has …

Learners 2.0? IT and 21st-Century Learners in Higher Education
April 1, 2008

This research bulletin examines what the literature refers to as “new learners” or “critically engaged learners.” It explores the responsibilities our institutions have to…

Multimedia Services: Strategic Assets for Institutional Success
October 23, 2007

This research bulletin surveys the chief components of contemporary multimedia services in colleges and universities and describes some emerging practices for deploying and sustaining them in an …

Institutional Research and IT: Bringing Data, Information, and Insights to the Accreditation Process
October 9, 2007

This ECAR research bulletin describes the results of recent organizational changes and work at Colorado College that are aimed at improving collaboration between IT, institutional research, and o…

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