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CDS Spotlight: Information Security
June 26, 2015

This research bulletin uses data from Modules 1 and 7 of the EDUCAUSE Core Data Service to examine the current state of information security in higher education. Using a graphic-based format, …

The Evolution Continues: Considerations for the Future of Research in Online and Blended Learning
June 16, 2015

The model of online learning that has evolved over the past 20 years relies on ubiquitous data communications that are owned and operated routinely by all segments of the population. Today, peopl…

OpenID Connect: ECAR-WG Technology Spotlight
April 9, 2015

OpenID Connect is an “interoperable authentication protocol based on the OAuth 2.0 family of specifications” —that is, it uses the standardized message flows that OAuth makes available i…

Electronic Lab Notebooks: ECAR-WG Technology Spotlight
April 9, 2015

Electronic lab notebooks (ELNs) are software-based tools to replace paper lab notebooks . Scientists and other researchers use laboratory notebooks to organize their data, and ELNs mov…

Hadoop: ECAR-WG Technology Spotlight
March 30, 2015

Apache Hadoop is an open-source software project for reliable, scalable, distributed computing . Hadoop enables big-data storage and processing by dividing the work across computer clu…

Autonomic Computing: ECAR-WG Technology Spotlight
February 20, 2015

Autonomic computing is a model of self-managing computing designed to function like the human body's autonomic nervous system. The goal of autonomic computing is systems that manag…

OAuth: ECAR-WG Technology Spotlight
February 20, 2015

OAuth is a specification that allows a third-party site to obtain information about a user from a second site without requiring the user to provide access credentials to the…

Near Field Communication: ECAR-WG Technology Spotlight
February 20, 2015

Near field communication (NFC) is a set of short-range wireless standards for smartphones and similar devices . Based on RFID technology , it lets two devices (both equipped with …

Assessment with E-Textbook Analytics
February 15, 2015

Higher education administrators and faculty are increasingly interested in determining how large amounts of student data in electronic systems can be used to promote student success . Wher…

Cloud Strategy for Higher Education: Building a Common Solution
November 5, 2014

Higher education IT is in the midst of an exciting transformation. The economies of scale, resiliency, flexibility, and agility provided by cloud computing are rendering the construction and ma…