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EdTech: Focus on Higher Education explores technology and education issues that IT leaders and educators face when they’re evaluating and implementing a solution. EdTech: Focus on Higher Education is published by CDW which is headquartered in Vernon Hills, Ill.

CDW is a leading multi-brand technology solutions provider to business, government, education and healthcare organizations in North America and the United Kingdom. A Fortune 500 company, CDW was founded in 1984 and employs more than 8,200 coworkers. For the trailing 12 months ended Sept. 30, 2015, the company generated net sales of almost $12.6 billion. For more information, visit www.CDW.com.

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About the Team

Ryan Petersen
Editor in Chief | Email
About: Ryan has been a magazine and newspaper editor for 18 years, with the last 12 covering a variety of bases for CDW’s family of tech magazines. As Editor in Chief, he works on developing editorial strategy and is always on the lookout for new writing talent and sharing great stories with the IT world. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys spending time with his family, biking and obsessively following Iowa Hawkeye sports and Cubs baseball.
Vanessa Roberts
Editorial Director | Email
About: Vanessa has worked on the magazine since April 2005. Previously, she spent 18 years at Government Computer News, as managing editor, news editor and writer. In her former spare time, before her family-of-four years, she liked to read a book in one or two sittings and dive wrecks along the Carolina shores and reefs around any Caribbean island.
Tara E. Buck
Executive Editor | Email
About: Tara has worked as a newspaper reporter and editor for more than 13 years. Most recently, she was the special publications editor at The Daily Record in Baltimore, which published a variety of legal- and business-focused supplements in addition to higher education and consumer guides. In her downtime, Tara enjoys cooking and traveling with her husband.
Amy Burroughs
Managing Editor | Email
About: Amy began her career as a journalist, spending almost 10 years as a newspaper reporter and editor. She has an extensive background in print and digital communications, including content strategy, marketing, and publishing, with experience as a writer, editor, and project manager. She has worked on websites, print collateral, magazines, books, and academic journals. A North Carolina native, she enjoys running, camping, hiking and creative writing.
Kelly Konrad
Senior Editor | Email
About: Kelly is a long time reporter, writer and editor, with extensive experience in features, corporate communications, trade publications and content marketing. As a mom to three teenagers, Kelly is especially excited about her role as senior editor, as higher education is never far from her thoughts. Outside of work, you can find her either carpooling her kids, watching the Chicago Cubs with her husband or with her nose in a book.
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Macy Kinde

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Bridget Tessarolo

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Aletha Noonan

Editorial Calendar

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Themes Trending
Cloud Leveraging Data Analytics and Internet of Things for Digital Transformation
Managing Risk Cloud Storage Solutions Drive Efficiency and Revenue
Security Teaching the Tech: Hands-On Data Centers Train Next Generation of IT Experts
  2018 Higher Ed Tech Trends


Tech to Watch Events
VR Headsets 50 Must-Read Higher Ed IT Blogs List (March)
Biometrics on Campus  
Artificial Intelligence/Data Analytics and Student Success  


Themes Trending
Changing the Way Users Work Digital Workspaces Give Students Anywhere, Anytime Access to Course Apps
Collaboration Big Networking Upgrades Set the Foundation for Learning Initiatives
Mobility All-in-One Interactive Whiteboards Deliver Seamless Collaboration That Drives Student Engagement and Faculty Efficiency
Networking Institutions Target Endpoint Security Measures


Tech to Watch E-News
Security Services: Testing and Managed Security Services As Students Prep for Finals, IT Staff Get Ready for Summer Upgrades
Virtual Reality in the Classroom EDUCAUSE Annual Security Professional Conference (April)
Microsegmentation for Access Control Graduation (May)
Drone Use in Education New Media Consortium (June)
Hyperconverged Infrastructure UBTech Conference (June)


Themes Trending
Cloud In New Building Construction, Get IT Involved Early and Often
Data Center Preparing Staff and Networks for Tablet Rollouts
Managing Risk Ransomware Tools and Tactics: New Threats Drive New Defenses
Upgrading and Preparing for the Future  


Tech to Watch Events
Next-Generation Anti-Virus Summer IT Projects (June/August)
Hardware with Built-In Security Back to School (August/September)
Network Management Control  
AR and VR In and Out of the Classroom  


Themes Trending
Cloud Resolved for the New Year: Tighten Up Disaster Recovery Planning
Digital Transformation Tech Trends to Watch in 2019
Security Higher Education Affordability: Right-Size IT Solutions


Tech to Watch Events
Virtual and Augmented Reality Preparing for Finals
Internet of Things Security Solutions National Cyber Security Awareness Month (October)
Cognitive Endpoint Security EDUCAUSE (October/November)
Artificial Intelligence Improves Network Monitoring New Year, New IT
Apr 25 2014