EdTech Magazine - Technology Solutions That Drive Education https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/rss.xml en Make This the Year You Tackle That Campus IT Project https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/09/make-year-you-tackle-campus-it-project <span>Make This the Year You Tackle That Campus IT Project</span> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Wed, 09/18/2019 - 11:39</span> <div><h2 id="toc_0">Elevate Your Staff’s Cloud Proficiency</h2> <p>With cloud computing, <strong>as with most aspects of IT infrastructure</strong>, deploying a solution only gets you so far. Staffers also <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/03/reap-cloud-benefits-address-and-overcome-potential-objections">need the skills and knowledge to manage that solution effectively</a>. </p> <p>Helping them get there can be doubly hard when leaders encounter resistance — often because employees don’t fully understand the logistics of cloud computing or they’re skeptical of accompanying changes in their organizational roles. </p> <p>Leaders must anticipate and address the human side of any new cloud initiative. <strong>Hiring the necessary skills is one answer, but that’s often not an option</strong>. “Just in time” training can meet an immediate need, but neither provides in-depth understanding nor elevates staff skills beyond the project at hand. </p> <p>This year, <strong>develop a plan to augment your team’s proficiency with the cloud</strong>, giving them a solid foundation on which to build in the years to come. </p> <p>Get started:</p> <ul><li><strong>Educate:</strong> If lack of knowledge is the issue, arm them with information, whether that’s about cybersecurity concerns, logistical aspects or variations among private, public and hybrid cloud environments. </li> <li><strong>Motivate: </strong>Employees with years of conventional data center experience may feel threatened by a new solution that dramatically changes their roles. Yet gaining new skills and experience is essential for career building. Help employees understand that while cloud solutions benefit the institution, they can be equally beneficial for employees’ own future prospects.</li> <li><strong>Put structures in place: </strong>Ongoing training is a must, but it doesn’t have to be costly. Institutions with multiple campuses can bring staffers together regularly to share information, challenges and best practices. Smaller colleges can do the same with IT staff at nearby institutions. </li> <li><strong>Designate a go-to person:</strong> Designate an in-house expert for all things cloud on your campus. He or she can facilitate consistency in policies and procedures, serve as a resource and take the lead on tracking and addressing strengths and weaknesses in cloud computing skills. </li> </ul><p>Learn more:</p> <ul><li>See <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/04/optimize-cloud-deployments-close-skills-gap-perfcon">how peers tackle this issue</a> at <a href="https://www.indiana.edu/" target="_blank">Indiana University</a>, <a href="https://www.cornell.edu/" target="_blank">Cornell University</a> and the <a href="https://www.nd.edu/" target="_blank">University of Notre Dame</a>.</li> <li><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/08/how-get-higher-education-it-teams-ready-cloud">Read additional tips</a>.</li> <li><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/03/reap-cloud-benefits-address-and-overcome-potential-objections">Understand and address</a> potential objections.</li> <li>Institutions like <a href="https://www2.calstate.edu/" target="_blank">California State University</a> turn to hybrid clouds for a <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/02/how-use-hybrid-clouds-manage-demand-peaks">scalable response to peaks and valleys</a>.</li> <li>Read up on IT solutions, such as <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/01/cloud-access-security-brokers-give-it-staff-visibility-and-oversight">cloud access security brokers</a>, that can augment staff resources.</li> </ul><p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/09/prepare-your-cybersecurity-refresher-new-staff-and-students" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH:</strong> Check out how you can prepare your staff for a strong cybersecurity program this year.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_1">Move Your Institution Forward on Data Governance</h2> <p>If there’s one area in higher education that offers the most potential while raising the most questions, it’s <strong>data-driven everything</strong>: decision-making, student success, strategic planning — you name it.</p> <p>At many institutions, mature and highly structured data initiatives simply don’t exist. More <strong>common are fits and starts, often siloed, pursued by individuals and departments</strong>. Yet unless data initiatives are connected and consistent, they won’t achieve their full potential. </p> <p>The first step is to recognize that the broad umbrella of data governance — “<strong>overall management of the availability, usability, integrity and security</strong>,” in TechTarget’s definition — is just that, an umbrella. Beneath it are components such as data quality, integration and privacy. The best way to tackle this big picture is to break it into smaller ones. </p> <p>Get started:</p> <ul><li><strong>Start the conversation:</strong> Bring stakeholders together. Just getting everyone in the same room on a regular basis to talk about data initiatives can move the institution forward by leaps and bounds. Continue to ask, “Who else needs to be part of this conversation?” </li> <li><strong>Learn from peers:</strong> If your team has questions and blind spots around data-driven planning, you’re probably not the only one. Partner with institutions that are also starting a data journey. Reach out to those who have already done it. Several institutions are a few years into mature, thriving programs; take advantage of their insights to save time and headaches for your team.</li> <li><strong>Establish accountability:</strong> There’s a balance between getting everyone involved and having everyone responsible. If everyone is responsible, no one is. Best practices call for designating data stewards who oversee data quality, enforce policies and support consistency.</li> </ul><p>Learn more:</p> <ul><li>Read <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/04/optimize-cloud-deployments-close-skills-gap-perfcon">five best practices</a> for developing a data governance framework.</li> <li>Get insights from an expert at <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/04/qa-harvard-strategic-data-projects-miriam-greenberg-on-better-data-better-decisions">Harvard’s Strategic Data Project</a>.</li> <li>See why <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/06/breaking-down-data-governance-data-quality-perfcon">data quality is the foundation of data-driven insights</a>.</li> <li>Get inspired by a <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/04/georgia-state-tackles-racial-disparities-data-driven-academic-support">Georgia State University program</a> that’s showing real-world results.</li> <li><a href="https://oregonstate.edu/" target="_blank">Oregon State University</a> created a program that <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/08/data-analytics-helps-college-coaches-and-athletes-optimize-training-and-performance">puts data to work for college athletes</a>.</li> </ul><h2 id="toc_2">Get Serious About Cybersecurity</h2> <p>Granted, IT teams are already serious about cybersecurity, but there’s always room for improvement. And, as the Internet of Things expands, <strong>the landscape is going to get more complicated</strong>. </p> <p>IT leaders will also need to get familiar with the user behaviors and expectations that <strong>will accompany the arrival of Generation Z students on campus</strong>. They’re mobile-first and digital-first, so how might that inform security concerns and communication?</p> <p>Get started:</p> <ul><li><strong>Brush up on best practices: </strong>Recommendations change, and in the rush of day-to-day work it can be tough to stay abreast of new developments. Make time for yourself and your staff to stay current, whether that’s through reading, conferences or informal peer-to-peer networking.</li> <li><strong>Think in layers:</strong> A defense-in-depth strategy gives IT leaders layers of protection and more fronts to manage. Develop a plan to evaluate all the layers of your strategy to identify opportunities to shore up weaknesses and expand strengths. There could be a new solution on the market or a better way to adapt usage policy to current campus activity. Find one corner and make it better.</li> <li><strong>Join forces:</strong> If there’s one area where peer-to-peer collaboration is imperative, it’s here. A growing number of institutions are forming security operations centers to share details of data breaches, early alerts, best practices and more. If you take just one step this year toward a better security program, this might be the one that will pay the most dividends in the long term.</li> </ul><p>Learn more:</p> <ul><li>Read up on current thinking on <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/06/fact-or-fallacy-stay-date-best-practices-password-security">password security</a>.</li> <li>See how <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/08/colleges-manage-and-minimize-security-threats-advanced-solutions-peer-networks">Franklin &amp; Marshall College and other institutions</a> develop and deploy holistic security strategies.</li> <li><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/04/higher-ed-security-pros-get-strategic-neutralize-threats">Get insights from peers</a> at the <a href="https://www.arizona.edu/" target="_blank">University of Arizona</a>, <a href="https://www.northwestern.edu/" target="_blank">Northwestern University</a> and the <a href="https://www.wisc.edu/" target="_blank">University of Wisconsin-Madison</a>.</li> <li>Learn how to <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2017/04/keep-your-campus-both-smart-and-secure-iot-expands">address IoT security concerns</a>.</li> <li><a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/orchestration/cyber-security-report.html?cm_mmc=Vanity-_-SecurityReport-_-NA-_-022017" target="_blank">Do a deep dive into cross-industry research</a> from CDW and IDG Research.</li> </ul><p><a data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" data-widget="image" href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/orchestration/cyber-security-report.html" id="" rel="" target="_blank" title=""><img alt="Cybersecurity_IR_howstrong_700x220.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://fedtechmagazine.com/sites/fedtechmagazine.com/files/Cybersecurity_IR_howstrong_700x220.jpg" /></a></p> <h2 id="toc_3">Strengthen Your Disaster Recovery Readiness</h2> <p>IT infrastructure is, in many ways, the engine that powers today’s institutions. Anything that compromises the network will have ripple effects that <strong>can bring operations to a standstill</strong>. If you’re part of the team that’s responsible for making sure that doesn’t happen — or for fixing the problem if it does — sleepless nights can be part of the job. </p> <p>But there are ways to increase your chances of a smooth recovery, <strong>whether the crisis arises from extreme weather</strong>, a data breach or a public safety emergency. The expert advice is simple: Practice makes perfect. </p> <p>Get started:</p> <ul><li><strong>Be inclusive:</strong> Expanding the circle of participants can be a powerful way to improve emergency preparedness planning. If your IT team doesn’t already have a strong working relationship with the communications department, now’s the time to build one. Start there, and then identify other partners (public safety, legal, compliance and more) to bring on board.</li> <li><strong>Update your documentation:</strong> A written handbook to govern who does what and when during a crisis is a must. Chances are, yours could use a refresh. In the event of an emergency, this will be the document that guides the response, so it must be accurate, thorough and thoughtful.</li> <li><strong>Do a dress rehearsal:</strong> Drills, tabletop exercises, cyber ranges and other activities can ensure your staff can hit the ground running at a moment’s notice. These can be homegrown or led by third-party experts, limited to your campus or conducted in conjunction with other institutions in your system or region. However they happen, they’re essential to identify and resolve questions and issues that will arise in a disaster.</li> </ul><p>Learn more:</p> <ul><li>Leaders from <a href="https://washburn.edu/" target="_blank">Washburn University</a> and the <a href="http://www.uh.edu/" target="_blank">University of Houston</a> discuss <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/10/recovery-systems-protect-campus-data-potential-threats">recovery at their institutions</a>.</li> <li>Get tips to evaluate and <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/08/key-considerations-your-next-high-ed-cloud-storage-solution">implement cloud storage options</a>.</li> <li>Check your recovery plan <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/06/4-loopholes-close-your-data-recovery-plan">against these four loopholes</a>.</li> </ul><p>For more on how to make 2019 a successful IT year, check out more of our <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/back-campus-2019">back to campus content</a>.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/higher/k12/author/amy-burroughs" hreflang="en"><img src="/higher/k12/sites/edtechmagazine.com.higher/files/styles/face_small/public/people/BURROUGHS.jpeg.jpg?itok=oq8Gpl4w" width="58" height="58" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/higher/k12/author/amy-burroughs"> <div>Amy Burroughs</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Amy is managing editor of <em>EdTech Magazine: Focus on Higher Education</em>.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 18 Sep 2019 15:39:12 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 42516 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher When CISOs Are Independent of CIOs, Higher Ed Institutions Benefit https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/09/when-cisos-are-independent-cios-higher-ed-institutions-benefit <span>When CISOs Are Independent of CIOs, Higher Ed Institutions Benefit</span> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Tue, 09/17/2019 - 10:17</span> <div><p>In my experience, about half of the CISOs in commercial companies report to someone other than the CIO. In higher education, by contrast, that’s true of only about <strong>18 percent of CISOs</strong>, <a href="https://library.educause.edu/-/media/files/library/2017/7/ers1702ciso.pdf" target="_blank">according to EDUCAUSE</a>. </p> <p>In my view, having <strong>CISOs report to CIOs limits the effectiveness of security programs</strong>, so colleges should change this reporting relationship sooner rather than later.</p> <p><a data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" data-widget="image" href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/orchestration/cyber-security-report.html" id="" rel="" target="_blank" title=""><img alt="Cybersecurity_IR_howstrong_700x220.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://fedtechmagazine.com/sites/fedtechmagazine.com/files/Cybersecurity_IR_howstrong_700x220.jpg" /></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">Independent CISOs Have a Seat at the Table with Senior Leaders</h2> <p>First, the CISO’s role demands a separation of duties, without which the CIO can get caught in a conflict. Second, information security is an institutional risk, not only an IT risk. Third, a CISO reporting outside the CIO has more visibility to senior leadership. </p> <p>A<strong> </strong>growing number of laws and regulators are<strong> strongly suggesting, if not demanding, that CISOs not report to CIOs</strong>. </p> <p>Finally, in a university’s decentralized environment, it is easier to create a single cybersecurity program outside of central IT. </p> <p>An <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/02/chief-innovation-officers-join-campus-c-suite">exceptional CIO can overcome these obstacles</a>, but <strong>it is unrealistic to depend on exceptional leadership</strong>.</p> <p>CIOs deliver IT services, and security controls don’t speed up or simplify IT operations. </p> <p>Members of the security team are <strong>less likely to feel pressure to suppress bad news when their reporting chain doesn’t run through the CIO</strong>, whose team is likely to be blamed. Even when everyone acts appropriately, a separate reporting line removes any doubt.</p> <p>Most leaders understand that cybersecurity is an institutional risk, much like issues related to Title IX, research misconduct or labor. </p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/higher/taxonomy/term/11916" hreflang="en"><img src="/higher/sites/edtechmagazine.com.higher/files/styles/face_small/public/people/WelchDonald15%281%29.jpg?itok=VW0EPdWQ" width="58" height="58" alt="Donald Welch" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/higher/taxonomy/term/11916"> <div>Donald Welch</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Donald J. Welch is the interim vice president and CIO at Penn State University.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 17 Sep 2019 14:17:35 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 42511 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher Lines Blur Between K-12 and College: What It Means for IT Leaders https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/09/lines-blur-between-k-12-and-college-what-it-means-it-leaders <span>Lines Blur Between K-12 and College: What It Means for IT Leaders</span> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Mon, 09/16/2019 - 10:39</span> <div><p><a href="https://patch.com/pennsylvania/newtown-pa/no-more-snow-days-pa-governor-signs-flexible-instruction-law" target="_blank">In July 2019</a>, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf <a href="https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billInfo/billInfo.cfm?sYear=2019&amp;sInd=0&amp;body=S&amp;type=B&amp;bn=0440" target="_blank">signed a bill allowing school districts to offer up to five “cyber snow days” per year </a>instead of canceling classes. </p> <p>It’s the latest example of <strong>how comfortable K–12 educators and students have become with remote learning</strong>.</p> <p>It’s also an example of how K–12 technology experiences increasingly set student expectations for what’s possible — and preferable — at the collegiate level. </p> <p>Whether they’re looking for Gigabit Wi-Fi in dorms, guest speakers videoconferencing into classrooms or the <a href="https://www.espn.com/esports/story/_/id/21152905/college-esports-list-varsity-esports-programs-north-america" target="_blank">availability of esports programs</a>, today’s high school juniors and seniors <strong>often scrutinize a college’s technology options when deciding where to apply</strong>.</p> <p>As those trends play out in K–12, they create opportunities for higher education. </p> <p>For example, high school students can <strong>take early college courses online or attend remotely via distance-learning technology</strong>. </p> <p>A great user experience with one college’s offerings could convince a student to put that college on his or her short list — a recruiting opportunity that didn’t exist just a generation ago.</p> <p>Rather than a hard line between secondary and post-secondary education, we’re seeing a broader ecosystem. As a result of these shifts, K–12 is<strong> increasingly influencing the way colleges and universities strategize their IT investments</strong> and rethink the user experience. </p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/07/11-computing-graduates-k-12-higher-education" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH: </strong>Check out how universities are adopting K–12's one-to-one device program.</em></a></p> <h2>Higher Education’s Modern Pedagogy Is the Norm for Gen Z</h2> <p>Accompanying these new opportunities are new pressures, and they’re about to ramp up as <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/10/meeting-educational-demands-generation-z">Generation Z students</a> come to campus. Even more than their recent predecessors, these learners expect a <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/06/ubtech-2019-gen-z-learners-will-push-limits-mobile-first-digital-first-learning" target="_blank">mobile-first, digital-first experience</a>, with <strong>seamless consumption of content being second nature</strong>. </p> <p>A growing number of solutions make this type of service delivery possible: cloud-based software, interactive whiteboards with associated apps, virtual desktop infrastructure and videoconferencing, to name the big ones. </p> <p>But unless institutions are prepared to invest in these, and unless faculty and staff are prepared to support effective classroom and campus integrations, there may remain a <strong>disappointing gap between students’ expectations and reality</strong>. </p> <p>Increasingly, students expect to be able to go from residence halls to classrooms to off-campus activities, all while being able to work on assignments and, if need be, attend class remotely.</p> <p>Colleges that have embraced these solutions report <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/08/universities-integrate-smartboards-promote-collaboration-campus">increases in engagement and collaboration</a>. At <a href="https://case.edu/" target="_blank">Case Western Reserve University</a>, <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/microsoft-interstitial.html?enkwrd=Microsoft" target="_blank">Microsoft Surface Hubs</a> support an <strong>institution-wide commitment to problem-based, collaborative learning</strong>. </p> <p><a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/cisco.html?enkwrd=Cisco" target="_blank">Cisco</a> Webex Boards and the Teams app help students connect inside and outside of class at the <a href="http://www.uww.edu/" target="_blank">University of Wisconsin-Whitewater</a>.</p> <p>These changes go deeper than convenience, <strong>reflecting fundamental shifts in pedagogy in both K–12 and higher education</strong>. Many institutions are investing heavily in classrooms and buildings <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/02/active-learning-buildings-showcase-new-teaching-philosophies">designed to facilitate active learning</a>. </p> <p>These classrooms, providing multidirectional content sharing and flexibility in the use of physical spaces, represent drastic change to instructors accustomed to row seating and lecture-style teaching. </p> <p>But for today’s college students, these modern spaces are normal. As a result, colleges seeking to differentiate themselves as technologically advanced institutions would do well to incorporate modern classrooms into strategic plans (and budget accordingly).</p> <p><a data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/orchestration/digital-transformation-trends.html"><img alt="Digital%20Transformation_IR_1.jpg" src="/sites/healthtechmagazine.net/files/Digital%20Transformation_IR_1.jpg" /></a></p> <h2>Consumer Experiences Shape Students’ Expectations of Campus Services</h2> <p>Gen Z students are also more likely to base their expectations as learners on their experiences as consumers. As retailers offer personalized, simple and timely engagement via the <strong>Internet of Things, chatbots, custom content and other strategies</strong>, students wonder why their interactions with higher education can’t be just as rewarding.</p> <p>Some universities, such as the <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/higher/article/2019/06/ub-tech-2019-university-alabama-birmingham-moves-needle-user-experience">University of Alabama at Birmingham</a>, are adamant that nothing should prevent higher education from offering the same caliber of service. </p> <p>Vice President for IT and CIO Curtis Carver spoke about using technology to transform cumbersome, time-consuming interactions into streamlined, student-friendly experiences at UAB. That mindset is essential for institutions that want to <strong>stave off competition and shine as the type of campus that understands — and delivers — what today’s learners want.</strong> </p> <p>The jump from K–12 schooling to higher education should be a logical transition, moving students from high school subject matter to the <strong>liberal arts and career-readiness focus of college instruction</strong>. Students shouldn’t have to shift backward when it comes to their classroom technology and campus services.</p> <p><em>This article is part of EdTech: Focus on Higher Education’s UniversITy blog series.</em></p> <p><a href="http://www.edtechmagazine.com/higher/university" target="_blank"><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/sites/default/files/university-400.jpg" /></a></p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/higher/taxonomy/term/11846" hreflang="en"><img src="/higher/sites/edtechmagazine.com.higher/files/styles/face_small/public/people/Michael%20Durand.png.jpg?itok=ootbSxCJ" width="58" height="58" alt="Michael Durand" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/higher/taxonomy/term/11846"> <div>Michael Durand</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Michael Durand is the director of higher education sales at CDW•G.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 16 Sep 2019 14:39:41 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 42506 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher Universities Embrace Virtual Desktop Infrastructure to Serve Students https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/09/universities-embrace-virtual-desktop-infrastructure-serve-students <span>Universities Embrace Virtual Desktop Infrastructure to Serve Students</span> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Thu, 09/12/2019 - 09:57</span> <div><p>For many people, the words “college student” conjure the image of a recent high school graduate who lives on a university campus and goes to school full time. But higher education institutions know better. </p> <p>Nontraditional students who are older, live off campus, work, raise families and attend school part time or online are an important constituency — one that is growing. </p> <p>According to the <a href="https://nces.ed.gov/pubs2019/2019021REV.pdf" target="_blank">National Center for Education Statistics</a>, nearly <strong>34 percent</strong> of college students are 25 years of age and older, and more than half of them attend part time. The study also revealed that <strong>33 percent</strong> of students took at least one online course in the fall of 2017, a <strong>31 percent</strong> increase over 2016. </p> <p>Colleges and universities must rethink how they deliver the specific tools, applications and coursework needed by each student regardless of time, device or location. </p> <p>Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), once viewed as a way to centralize administration and reduce costs associated with managing personal computers, is becoming <strong>a powerful tool for meeting the distinct needs of a diverse student population</strong>. </p> <p><a data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/orchestration/digital-transformation-trends.html" target="_blank"><img alt="Digital%20Transformation_IR_1.jpg" src="/sites/healthtechmagazine.net/files/Digital%20Transformation_IR_1.jpg" /></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">Let Students Learn On and Off Campus</h2> <p>VDI — where the operating system, applications and data are hosted on server infrastructure in the data center, in the cloud, or both, and served up on demand to user devices — has become a game changer at many colleges and universities.</p> <p>Initially, the <a href="http://www.uml.edu/" target="_blank">University of Massachusetts Lowell</a> turned to VDI as a way to reclaim space from “computer lab sprawl” — <strong>utilization was as low as 30 percent in some labs</strong> — after a <strong>66 percent increase</strong> in enrollment in less than a decade. </p> <p>By virtualizing some apps and enabling access from student devices, the school was able to shrink both the number and size of computer labs.</p> <p>Today, the university <strong>provides its 18,000 students with virtual desktops</strong>, giving them access to any application linked to the college network from any device, whether they are on campus or off. </p> <p>For nontraditional students, like a working mother who no longer needs to drive to the campus at night to use the computer lab to do her coursework, the change is transformational.</p> <h2 id="toc_1">Overcome Old Security and Financial Barriers</h2> <p>Advances in VDI technologies, solutions and services are helping colleges and universities to <strong>overcome old barriers of performance</strong>, cost and complexity to deliver a customized learning experience.</p> <p>The <a href="https://www.uark.edu/" target="_blank">University of Arkansas</a>, for example, was recently recognized with <a href="https://blog.dellemc.com/en-us/congratulations-to-the-university-of-arkansas-on-their-tech-target-access-innovation-award-for-innovative-vdi-solution/" target="_blank">Tech Target’s Access Innovation Award</a> for the functionality, performance and value of its VDI solution. </p> <p>The university’s <strong>27,000 students can all use laptops, tablets or smartphones to securely log in to their own personalized portal and workspace</strong>. This personalization allows adult learners to feel like a part of their university’s learning community outside of the traditional borders of a campus. </p> <p>By leveraging modern desktop virtualization software and server-based <a href="https://searchvirtualdesktop.techtarget.com/definition/virtual-GPU-vGPU" target="_blank">virtualized graphics processing unit cards</a>, the university was able to deliver the performance to provide access to applications like computer-aided design with 3D graphics across all disciplines, including those that require high-performance computing environments. </p> <p>Beyond universal application access for students, staff and faculty, the university’s VDI capability also <a href="https://www.emc.com/collateral/customer-profiles/dell-emc-arkansas.pdf" target="_blank">simplifies and reduces the cost and effort</a> associated with deploying, securing, maintaining, and supporting hardware and software for end users. </p> <p>For example, <strong>security, data protection and software updates</strong> are applied centrally — and each user is served a refreshed, up-to-date workspace every time they log in. </p> <p>As a result, the university’s IT department is able to shift its focus and resources to enabling new kinds of strategic IT-campus partnerships aimed at improving access and services for their off-campus student community. </p> <p>These partnerships can strengthen the IT resources available to students. And students can feel reassured knowing <strong>the university programs they are utilizing are secure and up to date on the devices they are using</strong>. </p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/02/solid-state-storage-boosts-speed-and-cuts-downtime-campus-it" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH: </strong>Check out how universities are using solid-state storage to increase efficiency on campus.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_2">VDI Cuts Costs for Higher Education</h2> <p>In addition to allowing greater access, replacing PCs and workstations with thin and zero clients helps to reduce the cost and complexity of computer labs. </p> <p>Exchanging traditional computer lab desktops for <strong>flexibly configured thin or zero clients</strong>, even with accessories such as 27-inch displays, can reduce electricity consumption by <a href="https://thinclientbenefits.com/uploads/resources/2017-umass-lowell-10022972-endpoint-systems-management.pdf" target="_blank">as much as 90 percent</a> and deliver nearly twice the average lifespan for PCs. </p> <p>With two-thirds of its students working, caring for families or meeting other outside commitments, the <a href="https://www.austincc.edu/" target="_blank">Austin Community College</a> IT Services Team realized another benefit of VDI. It <a href="https://soundcloud.com/acc-district/accelerator" target="_blank">helps students accelerate learning through blended approaches</a> in which students can advance at their own pace. In fact, they program’s first graduate was able to complete three semesters’ worth of work in just seven weeks. </p> <p>Accelerating learning allows adult learners to utilize their time efficiently — less time dedicated to schoolwork means that <strong>more can be spent with their families, at their jobs or pursuing other personal or professional goals</strong>.</p> <h2 id="toc_3">Level the Learning Field for All Students</h2> <p>By providing students with <strong>simple, secure and affordable access</strong> to even the most performance-demanding applications required for their coursework, whenever and wherever they need it, higher education institutions are helping to expand opportunities, level the playing field, and help students of all kinds on the path to success. </p> <p>The flexibility of VDI is <strong>breaking down barriers and providing students with a choice of when, where, and how they learn</strong>. It’s fair to say that with VDI, higher education has never been more accessible.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/higher/taxonomy/term/11911" hreflang="en"><img src="/higher/sites/edtechmagazine.com.higher/files/styles/face_small/public/people/Adam%20Garry.jpeg.jpg?itok=bKBhMYfz" width="58" height="58" alt="Adam Garry" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/higher/taxonomy/term/11911"> <div>Adam Garry</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Adam Garry is the director of education strategy at Dell EMC.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 12 Sep 2019 13:57:39 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 42501 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher Prepare Your Cybersecurity Refresher for New Staff and Students https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/09/prepare-your-cybersecurity-refresher-new-staff-and-students <span>Prepare Your Cybersecurity Refresher for New Staff and Students</span> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Wed, 09/11/2019 - 13:37</span> <div><p>Cyberthreats are getting worse. <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/orchestration/cyber-security-report.html?cm_mmc=Vanity-_-SecurityReport-_-NA-_-022017" target="_blank">Sixty-two percent of organizations surveyed</a> said they had experienced a security breach or a near breach in the previous six months, according to “The Cybersecurity Insight Report” published earlier this year by CDW. </p> <p>And while industries such as finance, health and retail often top cyber hit lists, <strong>postsecondary schools are increasingly under threat</strong>. </p> <p>As noted by <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2019/03/08/hackers-breach-admissions-files-three-private-colleges/" target="_blank"><em>The Washington Post</em></a>, three private universities recently had their student admissions data compromised, while students at <a href="https://www.regis.edu/" target="_blank">Regis University</a> just arrived back at campus and <a href="https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/08/27/two-universities-targeted-hackers-just-new-school-year" target="_blank">discovered the entire IT infrastructure offline</a> while staff dealt with an “<strong>external malicious threat that likely originated outside the country</strong>,” according to the Rev. John P. Fitzgibbons, university president. </p> <p>This is the new normal for cybersecurity: Attackers <strong>aggressively testing network defenses are “when,” not “if” scenarios</strong> — and failing this security exam can have serious repercussions for both students and staff.</p> <p>Welcome to the fall 2019 higher education cybersecurity roundup — here’s what you need to know about current threats, unique postsecondary risks, user education and the evolution of effective incident response plans.</p> <p><a data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/orchestration/cyber-security-report.html?cm_mmc=Vanity-_-SecurityReport-_-NA-_-022017" target="_blank"><img alt="Cybersecurity-report_EasyTarget.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://edtechmagazine.com/sites/biztechmagazine.com/files/uploads/Cybersecurity-report_EasyTarget.jpg" /></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">Higher Education Remains an Attractive Target for Phishing Scams</h2> <p>A recent whitepaper from Security Scorecard, the “<a href="https://explore.securityscorecard.com/rs/797-BFK-857/images/SSC-EducationReport-2018.pdf?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTXpreE9HUmxNRFF4TTJVNCIsInQiOiJTWnpmZ2p0ck8yWEErWFFESVJRRlRDQTlnbXM5RU5ZTCs5VFF2U2FIVThYekpPZ21ERHNiQVhvTFZPMVwvVENSRDN4azlvcllTK01FVkRuSDFkU01aNE9QcHp4MTVYZ0pPME4rUG5yZERjZFluYXM2bEpneitiK2d3eXkreUJjVWYifQ%3D%3D" target="_blank">2018 Education Cybersecurity Report</a>,” has bad news for colleges: “Out of 17 industries in the U.S., <strong>education comes last in terms of total cybersecurity.</strong>” </p> <p>The report called out poor industry performance in patching cadence, application security and network security. </p> <p>What’s more, colleges are struggling to meet regulatory expectations around data handling and due diligence, putting them at risk of both data loss and potential lawsuits.</p> <p>Along with general cybersecurity deficits, specific threats are on the rise. As noted by <a href="https://whyy.org/articles/elaborate-phishing-scams-increasingly-target-universities/" target="_blank">WHYY</a>, phishing scams are increasingly targeting universities. In some cases, attackers are after <strong>relatively low-value items such as gift cards</strong>. </p> <p>In others — such as the phishing scam that convinced staff at Canada’s Grant MacEwan University to change institutional banking information — losses totaled in the millions.</p> <p>Also worrisome for universities are insider risks, such as users <strong>failing to comply with security policies or inadvertently falling for a phishing attempt</strong>. </p> <p>James Kincaid, director of infrastructure operations at <a href="https://www.bellevue.edu/" target="_blank">Bellevue University</a>, notes that, “There are always internal threats. We can control some things, but can’t control how users write down information or answer emails to fully insulate us from threats.”</p> <p>Put simply? Higher education faces a trifecta of security threats in 2019: Subpar security infrastructure, increasing attacks and the ongoing issue of insider threats.</p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/08/colleges-manage-and-minimize-security-threats-advanced-solutions-peer-networks" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH:</strong> See how colleges are minimizing cybersecurity threats using advanced solutions and peer networks.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_1">User Behaviors and High-Value Assets Put Colleges on the Hit List</h2> <p>Students have high expectations for their postsecondary experience: According to a recent study from <a href="https://ojs.lib.uwo.ca/index.php/cjsotl_rcacea/article/view/8002/6577" target="_blank">Waterloo University</a>, students believe instructors should deliver compelling lectures so classes aren’t distracted by mobile phones and tablets.</p> <p>This carries over into everyday use; unlike corporate IT environments where administrators have some control over what type of devices are used to access sensitive data, universities face the challenge of <strong>diverse mobile environments coupled with demands for anywhere, anytime access</strong> — almost <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/07/more-students-rely-mobile-devices-complete-online-classes">67 percent of students</a> now say they use mobile devices to complete coursework online.</p> <p>That means IT staff have a constantly growing, and decentralized, <strong>set of devices on which they must manage proper access controls to institutional information</strong>.</p> <p>User preferences and behaviors are just one side of the story. </p> <p>Higher education also remains a target because of the immense amount of data arising from academic research, particularly those with ties to government and corporate endeavors.</p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/09/10-innovative-it-projects-inspire-you-fall" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH:</strong> Check out these 10 innovative education technology projects happening in higher education this year.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_2">Augment Security Tools with a Strong Cybersecurity Culture</h2> <p>As universities gear up for their fall 2019 semester, what can they do to limit the risk of serious cyberattacks? For students and staff, two approaches are critical:</p> <ul><li><strong>Ongoing education</strong> — Regular cybersecurity training helps close common security gaps and reduces the risk of network compromise. At Bellevue, Kincaid points to recurring poster campaigns that list typical phishing techniques, and <a href="https://slate.com/technology/2019/09/cybersecurity-lessons-college-safety-privacy.html" target="_blank">a recent Slate piece</a> advises schools to implement (and promote) two-factor authentication and to deploy campuswide virtual private networks.</li> <li><strong>Evolving culture</strong> — While training programs and VPNs help target specific concerns, ongoing improvement requires leaders to cultivate a culture of security that promotes shared awareness and responsibility. According to a recent guide from <a href="https://library.educause.edu/-/media/files/library/2019/3/checulturecybersecurity.pdf" target="_blank"><em>The Chronicle of Higher Education</em></a>, this requires “strategic, campuswide communication efforts to create individual awareness and develop motivation for good habits.”</li> </ul><h2 id="toc_3">Sophisticated Threats Demand an Advanced Security Response</h2> <p>If universities fail to stop hackers at the network’s edge, there are no second chances. Stolen data could lead to compliance challenges, monetary fines and reputational damage, while compromised systems could impact enrollment, registration and day-to-day classwork.</p> <p>Here, the right technology makes a critical difference in postsecondary defense. Effective solutions include:</p> <ul><li><strong>One-click reporting</strong> — According to Kincaid, Bellevue’s goal is to make incident reporting “seamless and effortless” for the university’s 1,500 staff members. That means creating one-click processes that let them easily notify IT of potential malware or phishing threats. Kincaid is also evaluating end-user analytic solutions to better monitor user behavior in real time.</li> <li><strong>Artificial intelligence</strong> — <a href="https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/cybersecurity/u-of-maryland-campuses-to-use-ai-to-protect-medical-data-devices-from-cyberattacks.html" target="_blank">Universities in Maryland</a> are partnering to leverage advanced artificial intelligence functions, such as natural language processing and trend identification, to spot new threats and limit their impact.</li> <li><strong>Simplified firewalls</strong> — Many postsecondary firewalls are complex, aging systems that can’t keep up with hybrid clouds and remote access requests. Simplified <a href="https://www.cdw.com/search/Networking-Products/Network-Security/Firewalls-UTMs/?w=n34" target="_blank">firewall solutions</a> that include native intrusion detection and per-application rule sets can boost campus defenses.</li> <li><strong>Comprehensive incident response plans</strong> — Incident response plans are critical to maximize technology’s impact. Bellevue’s plans are “updated continually” to determine what’s working, what isn’t and what needs to change, Kincaid says.</li> </ul><p>The bottom line for fall 2019? A lack of IT security, combined with targeted attacks and insider weaknesses, put student data and intellectual property at risk. Safeguarding critical resources <strong>demands a holistic IT approach to deliver ongoing education</strong>, build common culture and choose best-fit IT infrastructure.</p> <p>For more on how to make 2019 a successful IT year, check out more of our <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/back-campus-2019">back to campus content</a>.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/higher/taxonomy/term/11901" hreflang="en"><img src="/higher/sites/edtechmagazine.com.higher/files/styles/face_small/public/people/Bonderud-Headshot.jpg?itok=DLb_Z2cB" width="58" height="58" alt="Bonderud" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/higher/taxonomy/term/11901"> <div>Doug Bonderud</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Doug Bonderud is an award-winning writer capable of bridging the gap between complex and conversational across technology, innovation and the human condition. </p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 11 Sep 2019 17:37:09 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 42496 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher Emotionally Intelligent AI Advances Personalization on Campus https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/09/emotionally-intelligent-ai-advances-personalization-campus <span>Emotionally Intelligent AI Advances Personalization on Campus</span> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Tue, 09/10/2019 - 12:10</span> <div><p>Artificial intelligence continues to evolve, changing the way people work and, increasingly, the way they learn. Key to expanding AI is teaching these systems to <strong>recognize and respond to emotional nuances</strong> that are fundamental to communication.</p> <p>Emotion AI, also known as affective computing, enables systems to detect, analyze, process and respond to emotional cues and moods — including love, fear, anger and shame.</p> <p>“<strong>By 2022, your personal device will know more about your emotional state than your own family</strong>,” says Annette Zimmermann, research vice president at Gartner, <a href="https://www.gartner.com/smarterwithgartner/emotion-ai-will-personalize-interactions/" target="_blank">in a company blog post</a>.</p> <p><a data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/orchestration/digital-transformation-trends.html" target="_blank"><img alt="Digital%20Transformation_IR_1.jpg" src="/sites/healthtechmagazine.net/files/Digital%20Transformation_IR_1.jpg" /></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">AI Offers Clues to the Emotions Behind Learning </h2> <p>That shift will have big implications, says Hayley Sutherland, a senior research analyst for AI software platforms at IDC.</p> <p>Consider that by 2024, AI-enabled human-computer interfaces will replace an estimated <strong>one-third of screen-based business-to-business and business-to-consumer applications</strong>. </p> <p>By 2022, <a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/sap/2019/02/12/ai-predictions-2019-humans-work-side-by-side-digital-co-workers-in-40-percent-of-companies/" target="_blank">IDC predicts</a>, <strong>30 percent</strong> of enterprises will use interactive conversational speech technologies to power customer engagement, and affective computing will see a <strong>25 percent</strong> jump in real-world applications.</p> <p>“It’s not necessarily going to be everywhere,” Sutherland says. “But we do expect to see a pickup in terms of moving from experimentation to actual production.”</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/higher/author/erin-cunningham"> <div>Erin Cunningham</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Erin Cunningham is a writer and editor based in Maryland with experience writing about state and local government, education, technology and more.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 10 Sep 2019 16:10:03 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 42491 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher Best Practices for Cloud-Based Data Backup in Higher Education https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/09/best-practices-cloud-based-data-backup-higher-education <span>Best Practices for Cloud-Based Data Backup in Higher Education</span> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Mon, 09/09/2019 - 10:44</span> <div><p>Universities handle a plethora of data, from<strong> private student and faculty information to intellectual property related to research contracts</strong>. That means they must have a solid recovery system in place to ensure any disruptions will not endanger campus data. </p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/03/reap-cloud-benefits-address-and-overcome-potential-objections" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH:</strong> Check out how university IT leaders can overcome potential objections to cloud integrations.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">The Important Questions to Ask Around Cloud-Based Backup</h2> <p>Today, most higher education institutions have <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/09/it-leaders-tout-savings-and-security-cloud-storage">data backup strategies in place</a>, but many are not taking advantage of public cloud storage. Colleges and universities of all sizes have begun to investigate cloud-based storage solutions, whether they are based in Software as a Service or Infrastructure as a Service. </p> <p>For those considering moving to cloud-based backup storage, the very first question should be: <strong>What is the purpose of this solution?</strong> Will this be for a tertiary copy of campus data or will users need frequent access?</p> <p>Universities beginning the adoption process without a clear understanding of what they want to accomplish will likely misuse their backup solution and find they have runaway costs they were not expecting.</p> <p>Another important consideration is <strong>what tools universities utilize to connect to the cloud</strong>. Most universities will need a backup software that natively speaks to their cloud solution. Many providers, such as <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/veritas.html?enkwrd=veritaas&amp;encrtd=veritas" target="_blank">Veritas</a> and <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/commvault.html?enkwrd=Commvault" target="_blank">Commvault</a>, provide cloud-native services that allow universities to build the cloud-based backup solutions they need without requiring the expertise to create everything in-house. </p> <p>Before reaching out to these providers, IT leaders would do well to check their existing backup tools to evaluate what their campus infrastructure is lacking.</p> <h2 id="toc_1">Understand the Varying Levels of Cloud Storage</h2> <p>Picking the correct cloud storage tier will depend on what goals universities have in mind for their backup solutions. <strong>Most universities look at blob storage, a solution encompassing containers that allow for frequent and infrequent data access</strong>.</p> <p>There are varying levels inside <a href="https://blog.cdw.com/cloud-computing/microsoft-unveils-azure-cool-blob-storage-little-01-per-gb" target="_blank">blob storage</a>, though ultimately it comes down to two basic variants: hot and cold. </p> <p>A <strong>university should develop a tiered data strategy</strong> to properly use hot versus cool data storage. Hot data storage is optimized for frequent access and generally costs more; however, data can be downloaded and access in real time without additional fees. </p> <p>Cold storage is the inverse, keeping information that may <strong>only need to be accessed every so often</strong>. Cold storage has been the most frequently used variant in higher education, given most university data does not need to be pulled daily, and it is also more cost effective.</p> <p>Beneath hot and cold storage is the archive tier. This level is almost like a tape replacement and takes the data offline. If an outage was to happen, universities would still be able to access their data (however, the hope is this would almost never happen). Universities can also use the archive tier to store compliance data, which doesn’t need countless terabytes of storage. </p> <p><a data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/orchestration/digital-transformation-trends.html"><img alt="Digital%20Transformation_IR_1.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://edtechmagazine.com/sites/healthtechmagazine.net/files/Digital%20Transformation_IR_1.jpg" /></a></p> <h2 id="toc_2">Look to the Future of Building on Campus Cloud Storage</h2> <p>It’s important to understand that cloud-based backup storage is only the beginning. While disaster recovery is essential, it’s low-hanging fruit on the cloud scale. Once this system is in place, universities can begin to <strong>transition to hosting applications on the cloud, allowing for multiple touchpoints</strong>. </p> <p>Hosting workloads on the cloud can be more cost-effective and can open pathways for universities to better serve out applications to their users. That kind of flexibility and efficiency is not something universities are going to get with a straight migration.</p> <p>Once the migration pathways are setup, universities should sit down with their providers and have a lengthy discussion about<strong> what the campus environment looks like today and where they would like it to go</strong>. After that, IT leaders should bring in peers from campus financial and security departments to understand everyone’s needs. The vision is to create a comprehensive strategy where everybody gets to voice what they need in a cloud solution — and then design a roadmap for how to get there.</p> <p><em>This article is part of EdTech: Focus on Higher Education’s UniversITy blog series.</em></p> <p><a href="http://www.edtechmagazine.com/higher/university" target="_blank"><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/sites/default/files/university-400.jpg" /></a></p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/higher/taxonomy/term/11906" hreflang="en"><img src="/higher/sites/edtechmagazine.com.higher/files/styles/face_small/public/people/JWhitenack.png.jpg?itok=xScjY0rK" width="58" height="58" alt="John Whitenack" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/higher/taxonomy/term/11906"> <div>John Whitenack</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>John Whitenack is a CDW Cloud Client Executive responsible for engaging with colleges, universities and school districts of all sizes across the country to provide topical guidance and insights surrounding cloud infrastructure and security solutions.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 09 Sep 2019 14:44:14 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 42486 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher Smart Dust: The Big Education Impact of IoT’s Smallest Device https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/09/smart-dust-big-education-impact-iots-smallest-device-perfcon <span>Smart Dust: The Big Education Impact of IoT’s Smallest Device</span> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Fri, 09/06/2019 - 10:05</span> <div><p>Two forces drive the evolution of the Internet of Things: Speed and size. Organizations are leveraging enhanced broadband connectivity to <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/08/what-can-real-time-data-analytics-do-higher-education-perfcon">drive real-time analytics</a> and on-demand intelligence, even as new manufacturing techniques make it possible to<strong> squeeze compute power onto millimeter or micrometer architecture</strong>. </p> <p>The result? Smart dust — also known as <a href="https://now.northropgrumman.com/mems-and-smart-dust-the-big-potential-of-a-tiny-future/" target="_blank">microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)</a> — capable of scaling up IoT scope even as size scales down. </p> <p>While business applications for smart dust are already emerging, this tiny technology could offer substantial benefits for post-secondary processes. Here’s how going <strong>small could deliver a big impact for education</strong>.</p> <p><a data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/orchestration/digital-transformation-trends.html"><img alt="Digital%20Transformation_IR_1.jpg" src="/sites/healthtechmagazine.net/files/Digital%20Transformation_IR_1.jpg" /></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">What Is Smart Dust?</h2> <p>The term “smart dust” was coined by <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/03/smart-dust-could-ramp-internet-things-higher-education">Kristofer Pister of the University of California, Berkeley in 1997</a> to describe his <strong>wireless array of sensor nodes</strong>. </p> <p>Originally a tongue-in-cheek nod to the late-’90s trend of pinning “smart” to the description of any new technology, MEMS are now <a href="https://www.gartner.com/en/newsroom/press-releases/2018-08-20-gartner-identifies-five-emerging-technology-trends-that-will-blur-the-lines-between-human-and-machine" target="_blank">grabbing attention from research firm Gartner</a> as an emerging technology, and the market is set for “strong growth” through 2019, a<a href="https://www.marketwatch.com/press-release/smart-dust-devices-market-strong-growth-in-2019-annual-results-2019-05-28" target="_blank">ccording to a press release on recent related research</a>. </p> <p>MEMS are tiny, <strong>3D-printed sensors designed to work in tandem</strong>. They’re purpose-built with both mechanical and electrical components; newer iterations draw power from subtle vibrations or even the surrounding air, making them ideal for highly sensitive applications.</p> <h2 id="toc_1">Higher Education Smart Dust Adoption at Scale</h2> <p>While smart dust got its start as part of a <a href="https://www.berkeley.edu/" target="_blank">Berkeley</a> project, two decades of IoT development found potential for MEMS across multiple industries. Some current applications include:</p> <ul><li><strong>Neural Dust:</strong> Berkeley teams have implanted smart dust sensors in rats to help <a href="https://news.berkeley.edu/2016/08/03/sprinkling-of-neural-dust-opens-door-to-electroceuticals/" target="_blank">monitor and control nerve and muscle activity</a>. These tiny MEMS have no batteries, instead relying on ultrasound to both take measurements and draw power.</li> <li><strong>Automotive Safety: </strong>As noted by <a href="https://electronics360.globalspec.com/article/8473/mems-for-the-automotive-industry" target="_blank">Electronics 360</a>, smart dust sensors are now being used to power safety mechanisms in vehicles. MEMS-based accelerometers in airbags have improved performance and reduced total cost, while government-manded tire pressure sensors can intelligently collect tire data using vibration as their power source.</li> <li><strong>Constructive Knowledge: </strong>When building One World Trade Center, construction firms <a href="https://www.theneweconomy.com/technology/microscopic-smart-dust-sensors-are-set-to-revolutionise-a-range-of-sectors" target="_blank">entombed smart sensors in concrete blocks</a> to ensure they were correctly laid.</li> </ul><p>Reduced size and enhanced speed also inform more forward-thinking applications, such as:</p> <ul><li><strong>Improved Solar Cells:</strong> Israeli researcher Muhammad Bashouti is developing <a href="https://www.israel21c.org/the-scientist-who-makes-smart-devices-from-mere-molecules/" target="_blank">molecule-scale solar cell infrastructure</a> that could potentially absorb 95 percent of visible light.</li> <li><strong>Smart Food Packaging:</strong> The <a href="https://spectrum.ieee.org/semiconductors/materials/the-internet-of-disposable-things-will-be-made-of-paper-and-plastic-sensors" target="_blank">Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers </a>suggests next-generation smart dust sensors could use paper or plastic sensors to detect food freshness and report this data via a smartphone app.</li> </ul><p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/01/how-universities-can-mitigate-iot-risk-campus" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH:</strong> See how universities are using IoT to mitigate security risks on campus.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_2">Universities Prepare for Smart Dust Integration</h2> <p><a href="https://www.networkworld.com/article/3322517/a-critical-look-at-gartners-top-10-iot-trends.html" target="_blank">Gartner predicts</a> that innovation across systems on a chip, advanced sensors and the intelligent <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/12/fact-or-fallacy-mesh-networks-are-next-model-campus-wi-fi">mesh</a> that ties these devices together will continue to <strong>drive IoT development through 2019 and beyond</strong>.</p> <p>But what does this mean for post-secondary institutions? How do they prepare campus networks for the advent of low-cost, commercialized MEMS development?</p> <p>First is wireless network support. Schools such as <a href="https://www.princeton.edu/news/2018/11/15/princeton-taking-it-network-next-generation-improving-speed-security-and-capacity" target="_blank">Princeton University</a> are currently deploying “wireless first” models that <strong>prioritize seamless connections across high-density endpoints</strong>. This is critical for campus MEMS applications, since these devices rely on wireless links to create large-scale sensor networks and deliver critical data.</p> <p>Post-secondary institutions must also develop new applications capable of both communicating with and controlling smart dust deployments. As noted by <a href="https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2019/02/27/mobile-devices-transform-classroom-experiences-and" target="_blank">Inside Higher Ed</a>, mobile applications are now “changing how teachers teach and students learn,” but the advent of mobile-first environments also has an impact on campus IT management. </p> <p>Fixed desktop resources <strong>aren’t enough to keep pace with evolving student expectations</strong> — and won’t be able to manage microscopic MEMS networks.</p> <p>With post-secondary schools facing the same malware and phishing threats as large enterprises, security is paramount. </p> <p><a href="https://www.techradar.com/news/improving-cybersecurity-in-education-systems" target="_blank">TechRadar</a> points to key practices such as improved authentication, regular user training and a clear information security policy to help secure networks. </p> <p>In addition to protecting student information and administrative documentation, <strong>improved security measures are</strong> <strong>critical to ensure smart dust networks</strong> — which are collecting millions of on-campus data points — are protected against a potential breach or compromise.</p> <h2 id="toc_3">MEMS' Effect on Higher Education Campuses</h2> <p>What’s the potential for smart dust at post-secondary institutions? Beyond course integration and research applications, MEMS offer several opportunities to help streamline campus life, including:</p> <ul><li><strong>ID Cards: </strong>Recent research suggests a beneficial relationship <a href="https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/d591/2a4e991eb8beca76305d32eae344b0e46d0e.pdf" target="_blank">between radio frequency identification and MEMS</a>. For campus ID cards, combining these two technologies could allow wireless, granular access permission control along with the ability to locate students in case of emergency.</li> <li><strong>Data Analytics:</strong> Embedded MEMS in science and computer labs, student union halls and sports facilities could empower large-scale, low-power data collection to help schools better understand how facilities are used and identify the need for proactive maintenance.</li> <li><strong>School Safety:</strong> Smart dust networks in on-campus residences and high-value facilities could act as intelligent alert and alarm systems to both improve student safety and frustrate would-be criminals.</li> </ul><p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/09/why-iot-security-requires-interdisciplinary-approach" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH:</strong> Why IoT security needs an interdisciplinary approach.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_4">Smart Dust Is at Micro Scale with Macro Impact</h2> <p>Enhanced wireless connections and improved 3D printing have created a high-value business case for smart dust applications. But this technology also offers direct benefits for post-secondary institutions: With the right infrastructure in place, <strong>schools can leverage the macro potential of micro MEMS</strong>.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/higher/taxonomy/term/11901" hreflang="en"><img src="/higher/sites/edtechmagazine.com.higher/files/styles/face_small/public/people/Bonderud-Headshot.jpg?itok=DLb_Z2cB" width="58" height="58" alt="Bonderud" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/higher/taxonomy/term/11901"> <div>Doug Bonderud</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Doug Bonderud is an award-winning writer capable of bridging the gap between complex and conversational across technology, innovation and the human condition. </p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 06 Sep 2019 14:05:58 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 42481 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher Screen Mirroring, Screencasting and Screen Sharing in Higher Education https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/09/screen-mirroring-screencasting-and-screen-sharing-higher-education-perfcon <span>Screen Mirroring, Screencasting and Screen Sharing in Higher Education</span> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/k12/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Thu, 09/05/2019 - 13:28</span> <div><p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/02/active-learning-classrooms-seven-tips-higher-education-perfcon">Active learning</a>, collaboration, <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/11/higher-education-leaders-and-students-explore-ai-enabled-video-platform-infographic">personalization</a>, flexibility and two-way communication are the main factors driving today’s modern classroom design. </p> <p>Among the technologies being brought to bear in academic settings are those that <strong>enable screen mirroring, screencasting and screen sharing</strong>, often collectively referred to as wireless presentation solutions. </p> <p>These technologies are often supported by a device and app that allow users, both students and professors, to easily share content on a larger screen in a classroom.</p> <p>“The next best thing to a one-to-one conversation is to be able to share what the students create, as part of the homework or class activity, or communicate using media to provide video evidence of class activities and enhance and build out <strong>reading, writing, speaking, listening, language and other skills</strong>,” says Michael Volpe, marketing manager for <a href="https://www.cdw.com/search/?key=IOGEAR&amp;searchscope=all&amp;sr=1&amp;ln=0&amp;b=IOR" target="_blank">IOGEAR</a>. </p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/02/higher-education-revamps-online-education-2019-traditional-enrollment-declines" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH: </strong>Check out how universities are improving online education.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">Comparing Wireless Presentation Solutions</h2> <p>While some may use the terms casting, mirroring and sharing interchangeably, <strong>there are actually key differences among them</strong>, which come into play when choosing the right solution for a particular institution.</p> <p><strong>Screen mirroring allows you to project your mobile device or laptop onto a TV screen</strong>, projector or other type of monitor. This allows you to share everything you do on your device, such as switching between documents or playing video.</p> <p><strong>Screencasting is similar to mirroring but is used to share online content</strong>, such as movies, video clips and music, from a phone, tablet or computer on a TV or other screen. The difference is that only the media is streamed, allowing you to continue to use your device without interrupting the stream.</p> <p>Then there’s screen sharing, also known as <strong>desktop sharing, which usually involves providing another user with access to your screen on their screen</strong>. This enables individuals in different locations to collaborate on projects. Generally speaking, screen sharing isn’t used very much in educational settings. </p> <p><a data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/orchestration/digital-transformation-trends.html"><img alt="Digital%20Transformation_IR_1.jpg" src="/sites/healthtechmagazine.net/files/Digital%20Transformation_IR_1.jpg" /></a></p> <h2 id="toc_1">Benefits of Screensharing, Screencasting and Screen Mirroring</h2> <p>Increased ease of use and lower costs are among the reasons these solutions have seen more widespread adoption in recent years, hitting a significant sales figure in 2018.</p> <p>“<strong>The market for commercial-grade wireless presentation solutions passed a major milestone in 2018</strong>, with shipments of wireless presentation solutions — whether hardware-based, room hubs, collaboration displays or software — reaching 1 million units globally,” says Ben Davis, senior analyst for education content and platforms for Futuresource Consulting. “The education vertical has been a strong adopter of these technologies in North America, where <strong>33 percent</strong> of product shipments during 2018 serviced the education market.”</p> <p>This growth has been seen in both K–12 and higher education markets, where one-to-one computing models have created a surge in demand for products that can support sharing from multiple devices and various operating systems. </p> <p>“In the higher education space, educators are taking advantage of mature BYOD environments to enable collaboration while also being capable of scaling across campuses to service rising demand for these solutions,” Davis says. “Here, <strong>more advanced wireless presentation solutions are demanded</strong>, often including advanced feature sets such as whiteboarding, usage analytics and multiroom functionality, to share content over a network.”</p> <p>The ability to quickly engage in interactive conversation with multiple participants is perhaps the biggest benefit of both screen mirroring and screencasting technologies.</p> <p>“You can have a conversation with students pulling things up on their computers or their tablets to share on the big screen to emphasize their point, utilizing technology to strengthen their arguments to have a more dynamic classroom setting. For example, if one student mentioned something, <strong>another could pull it up on their device and share it to the big screen</strong> so the conversation can continue and everyone is on the same page,” Volpe says.</p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/12/how-universities-can-create-their-own-active-learning-classrooms" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH:</strong> Here are a few ways institutions can create their own active-learning classroom.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_2">Keys to Deploying Solutions</h2> <p>When deploying a screen mirroring or screencasting solution, <strong>the most important factor is reliability</strong>, which often goes hand in hand with ease of use. After all, if a solution doesn’t work regularly or is difficult to figure out, an instructor is not going to use it. And while consumer solutions are often very intuitive, they are not well suited to academic environments.</p> <p>“Reliability has to be No. 1. We can’t use consumer-grade technology because it has to work with our enterprise authentication system. It just has to work every time. <strong>Integration teams don’t want to get a phone call and have to send someone out to the classroom</strong> because an instructor has 200 people staring at them because the screencasting system isn’t working,” says Jake Kulstad, assistant director for learning technologies at the University of Washington.</p> <p>Another important criterion for selecting and deploying a solution for higher education is its ability to work with a variety of operating systems and devices, which Kulstad says can be tricky.</p> <p>“If you buy into an iOS ecosystem, which a lot of people haven’t, the instructor can pull out an iPad and with a little skill, they can have a pretty solid experience. In fact, you can look like a rock star with an <a href="https://www.cdw.com/search/?key=iPad&amp;searchscope=all&amp;sr=1" target="_blank">iPad</a>. But from an enterprise perspective, <strong>cross-compatibility is extremely important</strong>,” Kulstad says.</p> <p>As universities continue to push for collaborative, active-learning spaces and video-driven content, the presence of wireless presentation solutions is expected to grow in higher education. This means IT leaders would <strong>do well to begin planning now, so they don’t fall behind</strong>.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/higher/taxonomy/term/11891" hreflang="en"><img src="/higher/sites/edtechmagazine.com.higher/files/styles/face_small/public/people/Derek%20Rice.jpeg.jpg?itok=uclTgP2x" width="58" height="58" alt="Derek Rice" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/higher/taxonomy/term/11891"> <div>Derek Rice</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Derek is a writer and marketing pro specializing in communicating complex or technical issues in a way that is accessible to wider audiences.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 05 Sep 2019 17:28:36 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 42476 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher Back to Campus 2019 https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/back-campus-2019 <span>Back to Campus 2019</span> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Wed, 09/04/2019 - 12:59</span> <img src="/higher/sites/edtechmagazine.com.higher/files/styles/photo_two_column/public/series/Q0319-HET-Web_hero4_0.jpg?itok=NgrxoHGy" width="726" height="430" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div><p>IT staffers have been hard at work all summer, but there's still something special about back-to-school season on campus.</p> <p>September is the perfect time to launch initiatives, put new tools to the test and spread the word about policies and procedures that keep campus IT running smoothly. It’s also, between help desk requests and heavy network demand, one of the busiest times of the year.</p> <p>To get IT teams off to a great start, our Back to Campus coverage — running weekly through September — kicks off with a roundup of 10 inspiring IT projects. We’ll also provide cybersecurity updates to inform user awareness campaigns, starter steps for key “Make This the Year That You…” initiatives and highlights from IT leaders who know how to keep the momentum going.</p> </div> <div> <div> <div >&nbsp;</div> <script></script> </div> </div> <div> <div> <article class="node node-article node-type-article node-promoted node--view-mode-sub-featured-home" > <a href="/higher/article/2019/09/10-innovative-it-projects-inspire-you-fall" hreflang="en"><img src="/higher/sites/edtechmagazine.com.higher/files/styles/frontpage_highlighted_category/public/articles/%5Bcdw_tech_site%3Afield_site_shortname%5D/201909/Q0319-HET-Web_hero4.jpg?itok=Yy99D12a" width="124" height="94" alt="Back to School" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> <div> <div class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-primary-topic term-default"> <h2 class="link-term"><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/management">Management</a></h2> </div> <header class="link-node"> <a href="/higher/article/2019/09/10-innovative-it-projects-inspire-you-fall"><span>10 Innovative IT Projects to Inspire You This Fall </span> </a> </header> </div> </article> </div> <div> <article class="node node-article node-type-article node-promoted node--view-mode-sub-featured-home" > <a href="/higher/article/2019/09/prepare-your-cybersecurity-refresher-new-staff-and-students" hreflang="en"><img src="/higher/sites/edtechmagazine.com.higher/files/styles/frontpage_highlighted_category/public/articles/%5Bcdw_tech_site%3Afield_site_shortname%5D/201909/Q0319-HET-Web_hero3.jpg?itok=qMm1te73" width="124" height="94" alt="Back to school HiEd hero" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> <div> <div class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-primary-topic term-default"> <h2 class="link-term"><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/security">Security</a></h2> </div> <header class="link-node"> <a href="/higher/article/2019/09/prepare-your-cybersecurity-refresher-new-staff-and-students"><span>Prepare Your Cybersecurity Refresher for New Staff and Students</span> </a> </header> </div> </article> </div> <div> <article class="node node-article node-type-article node-promoted node--view-mode-sub-featured-home" > <a href="/higher/article/2019/09/make-year-you-tackle-campus-it-project" hreflang="en"><img src="/higher/sites/edtechmagazine.com.higher/files/styles/frontpage_highlighted_category/public/articles/%5Bcdw_tech_site%3Afield_site_shortname%5D/201909/Q0319-HET-B2C-Web_hero3.jpg?itok=wzSke12G" width="124" height="94" alt="Back to Campus" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> <div> <div class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-primary-topic term-default"> <h2 class="link-term"><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/management">Management</a></h2> </div> <header class="link-node"> <a href="/higher/article/2019/09/make-year-you-tackle-campus-it-project"><span>Make This the Year You Tackle That Campus IT Project</span> </a> </header> </div> </article> </div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-vertical" data-layout="vertical" data-url="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/back-campus-2019" data-title="Back to Campus 2019" data-via="EdTech_HigherEd" data-button-background="none"> <span> <span>Sep</span> <span>18</span> <span>2019</span> </span> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> <!-- Pinterest button is in EdTechk12 theme's vertical template --> </div> Wed, 04 Sep 2019 16:59:17 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 42471 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher