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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…

How to Excel at Research Computing in Times of Diminishing Resources, Growing Demand, and Expanding Possibilities
April 30, 2014

For three days in January 2014, more than a hundred thought leaders met in Tempe, Arizona, to discuss the present and future challenges and opportunities for IT’s support of research . Recom…

Emergency Notification Strategy
April 8, 2014

In higher education, the IT department is often the service provider for the institution’s emergency notification system (ENS) . For many institutions, the complexity of providing em…

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…

IT Governance, Risk, and Compliance in Higher Education
March 18, 2014

Key Findings Formal enterprise or IT risk management and compliance programs are the exception rather than the rule. More common are informal processes and procedures for dealing with r…

Just in Time Research: Privacy Practices
February 19, 2014

The January 2014 edition of the ECAR Update subscriber newsletter included an informal poll on information privacy practices . The poll was intended to collect a quick snapshot of the higher e…

Higher Education's Top-Ten Strategic Technologies in 2014
February 12, 2014

Key Findings Analytics dominates the list, with four of the 10 technologies. Institutions are focusing on both learning and administrative analytics. Mobile apps are also prominent, wit…

Today's Higher Education IT Workforce
January 13, 2014

Key Findings Soft skills are rated by chief information officers (CIOs), managers, and staff alike as being the most important skills for success. Technical proficiency is more importan…

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…

Transitioning to IPv6
October 7, 2013

I nternet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) , the named successor to the current networking protocol that supports the transport of traffic across the Internet, is a more mature standard that a…