Business Continuity: How Solid Is Higher Ed’s Plan B?

While no one expects higher education to have a crystal ball and predict the future, IT and administrative leaders must be prepared for worst-case scenarios. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic revealed that while many colleges had some business continuity plans in place, the formality and maturity of those plans left much to be desired.

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Jan 27 2020

Why Ottawa University Built a State-of-the-Art Esports Arena

While other campuses may have a room with a dozen computers set aside for esports, Ottawa University, located in Ottawa, Kan., provides its esports team with a fully outfitted arena in its Larry D. Peters Auditorium. The university set up the stadium with a state-of-the-art video production system and broadcasting capabilities, in addition to stocking it with computer power through a build-out with Horizon AVL and CDW. 

The arena supports the university's goal of training students for careers in esports after graduation.


    • Derek Beach, Captain, Varsity Overwatch Team, Ottawa University
    • Connor Alne, Esports Head Coach, Ottawa University
    • Arabie Conner, Director of Athletics, Ottawa University
    • Adam Caylor, Director of Technical, User and Esports Operations, Ottawa University

Video Highlights

  • Ottawa University, an 800-student school in Kansas, decided to build a major esports arena to recruit students and train them for jobs.
  • Ottawa Braves Captain Derek Beach is one of the students benefiting from the build-out, which he says is a major draw for his university.
  • Head Coach Connor Alne and others train the students in esports competition and multimedia production.

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5 Steps to Lay the Foundation for Digital Whiteboards on Campus

Universities are finding digital signage and interactive whiteboards to be a helpful tool in engaging students in new and creative ways. 

While using a digital whiteboard has many of the same benefits of a traditional one, professors and students are excited at the extra benefits, including video conferencing, collaboration and content sharing, according to Phil Hill, a founder of the higher education consultancy MindWires.

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University of Washington Leverages IoT for Energy Efficiency

The University of Washington is leveraging IoT for better energy efficiency, in part through its Compliance IoT Risk Mitigation Task Force, co-chaired by Chuck Benson, assistant director for IT, facilities services.

We were spending about a million dollars a month on electricity, but we didn’t have the detailed information we needed to closely manage consumption,” says Norm Menter, energy resource conservation manager, facilities services.

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