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Funding-Model Archetypes for Central Information Technology Functions
January 17, 2012

This CDS Spotlight ECAR research bulletin focuses on EDUCAUSE Core Data Service (CDS) survey results related to funding models for Information Technology (IT) functions. Most IT professionals…

How Are Students Actually Using IT? An Ethnographic Study
November 29, 2011

This ECAR research bulletin describes an anthropological ethnographic analysis of student practices relating to the use of information technology on the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) c…

Protecting the Security of Research Data
November 8, 2011

The effective protection and management of research data has become a hot topic in U.S. higher education. Funding agencies increasingly require data management plans as part of grant submittals…

Situational Qualities Exhibited by Exceptional Presenters
October 18, 2011

Bad presentations are commonplace, but rather than focus on what is wrong with bad presentations, the authors looked at what makes an exceptional presentation . They referenced recent…

Connecting Student Data from ECAR and CDS
September 29, 2011

This CDS Spotlight focuses on integrating selected data from the 2010 CDS survey results with selected results of the ECAR National Study of Students and Information Technology in Higher Educat…

From Learning Commons to Learning Outcomes: Assessing Collaborative Services and Spaces
September 27, 2011

This ECAR research bulletin reviews six recent user studies of the commons model on different campuses , with three highlighted as exemplars. While the studies used varying methodologies, t…

Highlights of the 2011 ECAR Symposium: IT as a Game Changer
September 21, 2011

This ECAR research bulletin presents highlights from the 2011 ECAR Symposium, held July 28–29 in Chicago, Illinois. In addition to a synthesis of keynote talks by Doug Lynch, University of Pen…

Making the Case for the Information Strategy
September 6, 2011

Whether improving access to learning resources and research collections, developing management information systems to support decision making, or facilitating better communication, the informa…

Technology Leadership: Today’s Higher Education CIO
August 16, 2011

There is little quantitative research on how to succeed as a CIO. Available literature, often based on expert opinion, focuses on highlighting select roles in which a CIO must excel as well as d…

Evaluating IT and Library Services with the MISO Survey
July 26, 2011

This ECAR research bulletin offers a detailed look at the Measuring Information Service Outcomes (MISO) Survey. Following a description of the underlying survey methodology, this bulletin …