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BI Reporting, Data Warehouse Systems, and Beyond
April 23, 2014

This Spotlight focuses on data from the 2013 Core Data Service to better understand how higher education institutions approach business intelligence (BI) reporting and data warehouse system…

Supporting Information Governance through Records and Information Management
April 8, 2014

The expanding scope of IT initiatives in higher education institutions now goes well beyond basic desktop and enterprise applications. IT is often asked to focus on efforts to establish…

The Ever-Present Demand for Public Computing Resources
January 15, 2014

This CDS Spotlight focuses on public computing resources , including lab/cluster workstations in buildings, virtual lab/cluster workstations, kiosks, laptop and tablet checkout progr…

Measuring the Effectiveness of Security Awareness Programs
December 10, 2013

Security awareness is a core component of an information security program. Many information security professionals struggle, however, with delivering security awareness messages and mea…

What MOOCs Mean to Today’s Students and Institutions
October 7, 2013

This research bulletin uses data from ECAR research on students and IT and on e-learning to paint a picture of the role MOOCs currently play in higher education and the directions MOOCs…

Creating MOOCs for College Credit: SJSU’s Partnership with edX and Udacity
August 14, 2013

In fall 2012, an SJSU team of administrators and faculty decided to use and develop MOOC materials in for-credit courses .  This meant that the courses would not be free or even massive but w…

Central IT Support Services
August 12, 2013

This CDS Spotlight focuses on data from the 2012 Core Data Service to better understand how higher education institutions provide central IT support services . Information provided for this sp…

Learning While Doing: Two Institutions’ Practical IT Risk Management Experiences
July 29, 2013

IT risk management identifies, assesses, and responds to IT risks. Effective IT risk management examines issues such as institutional use of data , IT security measures to prevent or…

Information Security
June 14, 2013

This Spotlight focuses on data from the 2012 Core Data Service (CDS) to better understand how higher education institutions approach information security activities. Information provided …

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…

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