ECAR Working Groups

Member volunteers address core technology challenges and share their findings with the higher education IT community.

New Publications

Preparing Your IT Organization for the Cloud: Cloud on the Horizon
The final paper in this seven-part series takes a look at where cloud is going and what has changed since the first paper was published. It also includes author stories sharing how cloud has changed on their own campuses in the last eighteen months. In recognition of this final paper, the entire series has been made publicly available. Earlier papers focus on governance, the IT organization and staffing, migration, operationalizing, and awareness/user support.

Improving Access to the National Computational Infrastructure: The Role of Regional Organizations
This Research Bulletin takes a look at how regional organizations provide support to computational researchers and can expand engagement at research-intensive universities.

Adapting to Learn, Learning to Adapt
This Research Bulletin describes UCF’s approach to adaptive learning, what it has learned so far, and where it is headed.

Demonstrating Value Through IT Service Management in Higher Education
This paper explores the motivations for why higher education IT organizations are moving to ITSM and shares examples of how ITSM has been applied.

New Approaches to Higher Education IT Strategic Planning
This paper looks at causes for a shift in how institutions are approaching IT strategic planning. In addition, new models and trends in IT strategic planning are identified to help guide IT organizations as they are considering their own strategic planning approach.

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Technology Spotlights

This series of papers is designed to help you learn about and understand the implications of emerging technologies in higher education.

2016 Spotlights:

See also the 2015 Spotlights

ECAR working groups bring together higher education IT leaders to address technology challenges. Individuals at EDUCAUSE member institutions are invited to collaborate on projects that advance emerging technologies important to colleges and universities. See all the ECAR Working Group publications in the EDUCAUSE library.



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  • March 7, 2017 – 3-4 p.m. ET:
    Focus on Administrative Data
    Speakers: Cara Giacomini and Theresa Semmens
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    Focus on Academic Data

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