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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…

Considering Open Source: A Framework for Evaluating Software in the New Economy
January 2, 2007

Open source software and the community source movement are raising questions for administrators about whether and when to adopt or devote resources to software development projects, provoking que…

Content Management for the Enterprise: CMS Definition and Selection
October 28, 2008

This ECAR research bulletin traces the content management practices and strategies adopted by distance education provider Athabasca University (AU) in Alberta, Canada. It discusses generalizable …

Continuous-Improvement Strategies in Higher Education: A Progress Report
September 30, 2003

Institutions using continuous-improvement management strategies, by whatever label, find them to be proven methodologies for increasing effectiveness and building institutional agility. This bull…

Copyright, Fair Use, and Teaching and Learning Innovation in a Web 2.0 World
July 28, 2009

This ECAR research bulletin reviews some of the basic tenets of copyright in the digital millennium. Specifically, it discusses the ways in which copyright law, fair use provisions, and the TEACH…

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…

Crowdsourcing the IT Help Desk: A Cloud Approach to Mass Intelligence
April 21, 2009

This ECAR research bulletin refines the concepts of crowdsourcing and mass intelligence and provides several notable examples of their vast potential when they are used together. As higher educat…

Customer-Centered IT Support: Foundations, Principles, and Systems
November 9, 2004

To meet the IT support demands of more than 98,000 students and 15,000 faculty and staff across eight campuses, Indiana University developed a fully integrated Online Support Environment (OSE) th…

Cyberinfrastructure and the Evolution of Higher Education
September 2, 2008

This ECAR research bulletin discusses the role cyberinfrastructure will play as higher education evolves. Changes in the job markets, in higher education research and teaching, and in emerging ac…

Cyberinfrastructure for the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
January 13, 2009

This research bulletin describes a framework for cyberinfrastructure for the humanities, arts, and social science (HASS) disciplines that is rooted in the history and challenges of those discipli…