EdTech Magazine - Technology Solutions That Drive Education https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/rss.xml en Universities Leverage High-Performance Computing for Multiple Returns on Investment https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/04/universities-leverage-high-performance-computing-multiple-returns-investment <span> Universities Leverage High-Performance Computing for Multiple Returns on Investment</span> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Wed, 04/17/2019 - 10:51</span> <div><p>If you build it, they will come — or, at the very least, if you don’t build it, they’ll probably go somewhere else.</p> <p>The “it” here refers to <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/08/universities-work-optimize-high-performance-computing-resources">high-performance computing resources</a>, and “they” refers to talented faculty members. More and more, HPC is becoming a <strong>competitive differentiator for institutions</strong> vying for top researchers.</p> <p>As <strong>computing power becomes increasingly commoditized</strong> (and therefore more affordable), faculty in the humanities and social sciences are becoming HPC users, joining colleagues from more traditionally research-intensive fields such as biomedicine and engineering, creating even more demand for resources.</p> <p>The<a href="https://www.uic.edu/" target="_blank"> University of Illinois at Chicago</a> provided a special incentive for its first endowed chair of physics and chemistry to come to campus: a commitment to <strong>build out an HPC cluster</strong> that would support his unique research in molecular dynamics.</p> <p>Meanwhile, the <a href="http://www.virginia.edu/" target="_blank">University of Virginia</a>’s Department of Computer Science has largely moved away from custom-built HPC environments, instead building out<strong> larger pools of standardized resources</strong>. And <a href="https://www.ncsu.edu/" target="_blank">North Carolina State University</a> has partnered with <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/brand/lenovo-interstitial.html?enkwrd=Lenovo" target="_blank">Lenovo</a> to get access to latest-generation HPC technologies for research that relies on AI and deep learning.</p> <p>Each university has taken a different approach to provisioning HPC resources, and all support various types of research. But at all three institutions, HPC plays a role in attracting talented faculty and supporting their work.</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 solid-state drives can help universities take their computing to the next level. </em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">UIC Builds Custom Cooling Solution for HPC Cluster</h2> <p>To support the research of a new ­physics and chemistry chair, computing staff at the University of Illinois at Chicago knew they’d need to build a cluster <strong>powered by graphics processing units, as opposed to traditional CPUs</strong>. But they also knew that powering and cooling such a system would be a challenge.</p> <p>“One of the best ways you can understand mechanics of diseases such as cancer and develop more effective therapies is by simulating the behavior of molecules in our body with a supercomputer, to see how proteins and a drug would interact,” says Himanshu Sharma, who directs UIC’s <a href="https://acer.uic.edu/" target="_blank">Advanced Cyberinfra­structure for Education and Research (ACER)</a>. “You can speed up molecular dynamics research tremendously with applications optimized for GPUs versus CPUs only. Your computation time can go down by a factor of eight to 10.”</p> <p>The problem, he notes, is that <strong>GPUs consume much more power and cooling than traditional CPUs</strong>. The cluster required 200 <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/product/nvidia-tesla-p100-gpu-computing-processor-tesla-p100-12-gb/4945627?pfm=srh" target="_blank">P100 16-gigabyte Nvidia GPU</a>s and 100 <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/product/intel-xeon-silver-4114-processor/4931244?pfm=srh" target="_blank">Intel Xeon processors</a> installed in 50 physical compute nodes.“</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/higher/k12/author/calvin-hennick"><img src="/higher/k12/sites/edtechmagazine.com.higher/files/styles/face_small/public/people/calvin-hennick.jpeg.jpg?itok=xXXtEq5w" width="58" height="58" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/higher/k12/author/calvin-hennick"> <div>Calvin Hennick</div> </a> <a target="_blank" class="twitter" href="https://twitter.com/intent/follow?region=follow_link&amp;screen_name=calvinhennick&amp;tw_p=followbutton&amp;variant=2.0"><span>Twitter</span></a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Calvin Hennick is a freelance journalist who specializes in business and technology writing. He is a contributor to the CDW family of technology magazines.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 17 Apr 2019 14:51:23 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 42036 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher What to Consider When Choosing Drones for Campus Tasks https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/04/what-consider-when-choosing-drones-campus-tasks <span>What to Consider When Choosing Drones for Campus Tasks</span> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Sun, 04/14/2019 - 10:55</span> <div><p>An increasing number of university administrators are entering the drones market as researchers, students and teachers find more use cases for flying machines on campus.</p> <p>“We have a fleet of several we’ve used right out of the box, and we’re configuring others to carry additional payloads,” Arthur Helmicki, a professor in the <a href="https://ceas.uc.edu/academics/departments/electrical-engineering-computer-science.html" target="_blank">University of Cincinnati’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science</a> tells<a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/04/drones-take-flight-campus-teaching-research-and-administrative-tasks"><em> EdTech</em></a>. “Drones have a <strong>very multidisciplinary flavor, and that appeals to students and faculty</strong>. It’s not something any one discipline can claim it knows everything about.”</p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/12/product-review-dji-phantom-4-pro-drone-easy-addition-campus-fleet" target="_blank"><em><strong>PRODUCT REVIEW: </strong>DJI Phantom 4 Pro+ drone is an easy addition to any campus fleet.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">University Drone Projects Can Benefit from a Machinery Mix</h2> <p>When considering which drones to use, <strong>researchers may opt for more than one make or model</strong>, Helmicki. A project he’s working on involves about a dozen drones, ranging from custom-built flyers to a DJI model.</p> <p>“Some are duplicates, so we can have them in two places at once,” Helmicki says. “<strong>Some have different capabilities</strong>, just like you’d have a toolbox because you might need a hammer and a screwdriver, or just a pair of pliers.”</p> <p>The following features can factor in to choosing the right drone for the job.</p> <p><strong>Weight:</strong> <a href="http://www.colgate.edu/" target="_blank">Colgate University</a>’s fleet has three models, including a <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/product/dji-mavic-2-pro-quadcopter/5280067" target="_blank">DJI Mavic</a> and <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/product/dji-phantom-4-pro-1-20mp-cmos-sensor-4k-60fps-quadcopter-refurbished/5442916" target="_blank">Phantom 4 Pro</a>. “If someone says they really need an extra-detailed picture, we’d suggest using the DJI Phantom 4 Pro because it has a much bigger sensor,” says Director of Engagement Ahmad Khazaee. “If they’re hiking three miles and need something more portable, we’d send them with the Mavik because it’s much lighter.”</p> <p><strong>Software:</strong> Software to process images may come with the drone or be purchased separately. One application builds visual models, Helmicki says. “A drone can take pictures in the air, but it needs software to help stitch them all together to create a 2D or 3D model of terrain or buildings.”</p> <p><strong>Visibility:</strong> The <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/search/?key=Yuneec%20drones&amp;searchscope=all&amp;sr=1" target="_blank">Yuneec drones</a>’ easy-to-spot colors also made them attractive to<a href="https://www.desales.edu/" target="_blank"> DeSales University</a>, says associate professor Chuck Gloman. “The <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/product/yuneec-h520-e90-h520-e90/5084415" target="_blank">H520</a> was bright orange, which is great,” he says. “You never miss it in the sky.” </p> <p><strong>Camera:</strong> Pay attention to the camera capabilities or check the propeller configuration to see if adding cameras is a possibility. If so, the drone will need to be able to support the extra weight, says Helmicki.</p> <p>“It’s important to understand the benefits of a variety of features for certain types of applications,” he says. “Part of that is the type of cameras it can carry, the type of controller the drone comes with and if it can produce very high-resolution images.”</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/higher/author/erin-brereton"><img src="/higher/sites/edtechmagazine.com.higher/files/styles/face_small/public/people/Erin%20Brereton.jpg?itok=b4T6k1ew" width="58" height="58" alt="Erin Brereton" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/higher/author/erin-brereton"> <div>Erin Brereton</div> </a> <a target="_blank" class="twitter" href="https://twitter.com/intent/follow?region=follow_link&amp;screen_name=Erbrer09&amp;tw_p=followbutton&amp;variant=2.0"><span>Twitter</span></a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Erin Brereton has written about technology, business and other topics for more than 50 magazines, newspapers and online publications. </p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Sun, 14 Apr 2019 14:55:51 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 42031 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher Acer Announces New Line of High-Performance Esports Computers https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/04/acer-announces-new-line-high-performance-esports-computers <span>Acer Announces New Line of High-Performance Esports Computers</span> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Fri, 04/12/2019 - 17:26</span> <div><p>University esports programs will soon be able to get their hands on the latest line of <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/acer.html?enkwrd=Acer" target="_blank">Acer </a>mobile and desktop gaming computers, the company announced April 11 at the <a href="https://www.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/nextatacer-newyork-2019" target="_blank">next@acer</a> press event in New York. </p> <p>Already a popular brand for gaming hardware, <strong>Acer is pushing further into the realm of esports</strong>, introducing its technology at global gaming events as well as establishing its own competition. </p> <p>“Esports is huge. It’s <strong>constantly gaining traction around the world</strong>,” said Clark Gurden of the Predator division. “The excitement that you get at these events is pretty contagious.” </p> <p>As the esports movement hits higher education, these new products could be good additions to university esports facilities.</p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/11/universities-invest-esports-academic-opportunities" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH: </strong>Check out how universities are investing in esports on campus.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">New Predator Gaming Desktop Marketed as Esports Juggernaut</h2> <p>One of the big announcements from Acer is the new Predator Orion 5000 gaming desktop, now equipped with a 9th-generation <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/product/intel-core-i9-9900k-3.6-ghz-processor/5367008" target="_blank">Intel Core i9-9900K processor</a> and an <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/product/nvidia-geforce-rtx-2080-11gb-gddr6-graphic-card/5333589?pfm=srh">NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080</a> graphics card. </p> <p>These core specifications are important for competitive gaming, as the<strong> quality of the processor and graphics cards can be the difference between virtual life and death</strong> in a match. </p> <p>To accompany the high-powered desktop, Acer <strong>announced a new monitor, the Predator CG437K P,</strong> which can be used for both computer and console-based esports competitions. </p> <p>The 43-inch screen has a <strong>refresh rate of 144Hz</strong>, faster than many TVs, according to Acer. The refresh rate is what dictates the responsiveness of the characters on screen to the commands gamers put into their controllers or keyboards. </p> <p>In high-level gaming, fractions of a second can make a significant impact. </p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/10/esports-next-frontier-higher-ed-infographic" target="_blank"><img alt="HiEd-eSports-Infographic_VisualCTA.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/sites/edtechmagazine.com.higher/files/HiEd-eSports-Infographic_VisualCTA.jpg" /></a></p> <h2 id="toc_1">Next-Generation Laptops Put Competitive Gaming On the Move</h2> <p>Acer has added a few new gaming laptops that allow esports athletes to play competitively in any arena. </p> <p>The Predator Helios 700 model is a robust addition to the company’s line of gaming laptops. The laptop is equipped with a retractable “HyperDrift” keyboard as well as <strong>Intel’s new 9th-generation Intel core processor</strong>, which Intel says will help gamers reach peak performance during matches.</p> <p>“The PC is where people can <strong>give their greatest contributions to the world, and gamers are no exception</strong>,” said Steve Long, vice president of sales and marketing for Intel.</p> <p>Acer’s Predator Helios 300 model is smaller than the 700 but has a budget-friendly price for universities that may want to provide their students with <strong>competitive gaming equipment without outfitting an entire facility</strong>. </p> <p>Players will have access to the latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 graphics card. The laptop also has a next-generation cooling system, letting hardcore esports competitors play for longer periods of time without decreasing performance.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/higher/author/eli-zimmerman"><img src="/higher/sites/edtechmagazine.com.higher/files/styles/face_small/public/people/eliheadshot.jpg?itok=dbOQBwFz" width="58" height="58" alt="eli headshot" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/higher/author/eli-zimmerman"> <div>Eli Zimmerman</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Eli is Associate Editor for <em>EdTech Magazine Higher Education</em>. When not in the office, Eli is busy scanning the web for the latest podcasts or stepping into the boxing ring for a few rounds.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 12 Apr 2019 21:26:15 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 42026 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher Reliable Power Can Help IT Teams Facing Digital Innovation https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/04/reliable-power-can-help-it-teams-facing-digital-innovation <span>Reliable Power Can Help IT Teams Facing Digital Innovation</span> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Wed, 04/10/2019 - 15:31</span> <div><p>Digital innovation is driving<strong> fundamental changes in the entire educational process</strong>, especially as research continues to demonstrate a link between technology, achievement and motivation. </p> <p>On any given day, students and teachers may be using new technologies in areas such as <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/05/4-ways-colleges-are-embracing-virtual-reality" target="_blank">virtual or augmented reality</a>, <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/08/5-steps-lay-foundation-digital-whiteboards-campus">digital whiteboards</a>, <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/05/4-ways-make-distance-learning-programs-stand-out">distance learning</a>, lab research projects, <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/06/educators-tailor-services-individual-students-ai">personalized learning</a> and <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/08/artificial-intelligence-poised-expand-higher-education">artificial intelligence</a>.</p> <p>As this trend continues, <strong>school districts, colleges and universities are being forced to upgrade their infrastructure</strong> to an always-on, flexible and cost-efficient model designed to support a 21st-century learning environment. </p> <p>As a result, IT teams face tremendous expectations to properly support these new systems and ensure they remain up and running. </p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/03/higher-education-invests-wi-fi-technology-smart-campus-projects-perfcon" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH: </strong>Check out how universities invest in infrastructure to prepare for smart campus initiatives.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">For Campus IT, Power Is Knowledge</h2> <p>It’s <strong>difficult for IT personnel to be in multiple places at once</strong>, but they can deploy technologies that consolidate management duties. This frees up their time to focus on more important matters, such as teacher training and implementing tools to further enhance the learning process.</p> <p>They can choose solutions that <strong>enable them to save money incurred from outages and new equipment</strong> deployments and reallocate those funds to other IT vulnerabilities that need attention. </p> <p>In addition to protecting campus data centers and network infrastructure while maintaining digital learning technologies, uninterruptible power supplies and accompanying software solutions can help administrators remotely monitor and manage their entire networks and support infrastructure. To do so effectively, <strong>IT teams must consider how their power management solutions will interact with other software and systems</strong>. </p> <p>Ultimately, with the right systems in place, IT managers can create robust disaster avoidance plans that will help ensure business continuity and uptime for their campuses, students and faculty. </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="/sites/healthtechmagazine.net/files/Digital%20Transformation_IR_1.jpg" /></a></p> <h2 id="toc_1">6 Frustrations Higher Education IT Teams Face</h2> <p>If <strong>putting out fires and troubleshooting problems did not steal so many hours in a day</strong>, IT professionals would focus more time on adopting new technology, improving documentation, facilitating digital learning pathways, creating scalable learner-centric technology architecture, training faculty and automating and bolstering wireless capabilities.</p> <p>Here are some of the biggest challenges that professionals reported university administrators should be aware of: </p> <ol><li><strong>Managing expectations during downtime:</strong> When access to technology and data grinds to a halt, so does much of the learning process. During a power outage, IT personnel must drop everything and shift their attention to resolving the problem, executing the orderly shutdown of equipment and reducing data loss. </li> <li><strong>Serving multiple end users:</strong> It’s not easy answering to many bosses, each of whom has a different set of priorities and expectations. However, that is exactly what most IT professionals are tasked with. Students, faculty, staff and even parents look to them for support, even though IT teams are more than just a help desk.</li> <li><strong>Juggling multiple responsibilities: </strong>IT personnel must oversee and prioritize a wide variety of day-to-day responsibilities, including the management of hardware, software, security, support and training. Additionally, they are sometimes pulled in to assist with curriculum planning. </li> <li><strong>Creating compatible platforms in mixed-use environments: </strong>With students, faculty and professors using so many different devices, IT professionals are continually troubleshooting platform cross-compatibility problems. </li> <li><strong>Facilitating </strong><strong>adoption</strong><strong> of new technology: </strong>Helping institutional constituents, including IT staff, adapt to constant changes in technology can be a challenge. The pace of technology adoption tends to move slowly at every level of education, which can gridlock IT personnel.</li> <li><strong>Navigating budget constraints: </strong>Similar to other business sectors, today’s education-based IT administrators are expected to do more with less. Dwindling budgets coupled with growing threats make accomplishing this objective especially tough.</li> </ol><p>Now more than ever, IT professionals <strong>need quality power protection solutions to help manage growing technology demands</strong> while avoiding the dangers of downtime. However, in the modern-day digital learning environment, where reliable power has become the cornerstone, it’s important to do more than simply safeguard equipment. Inherent redundancy and easy expansion capabilities are key attributes for these power systems.</p> <p>To read more about the importance of power in higher education, check out <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/03/what-causes-power-outages-higher-education-campuses" target="_blank"><em>What Causes Power Outages on Higher Education Campuses?</em></a></p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/higher/taxonomy/term/11746"><img src="/higher/sites/edtechmagazine.com.higher/files/styles/face_small/public/people/Ed_Spears_Eaton.2e16d0ba.fill-200x200.jpg?itok=MTroYoH6" width="58" height="58" alt="Ed Spears" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/higher/taxonomy/term/11746"> <div>Ed Spears</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Ed Spears is a product marketing manager in Eaton’s critical power solutions division in Raleigh, N.C., and a 39-year veteran of the power systems industry.</p> <p> </p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 10 Apr 2019 19:31:07 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 42021 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher 4 Ways to Manage the Faster Updates in Windows 10 https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/04/4-ways-manage-faster-updates-windows-10 <span>4 Ways to Manage the Faster Updates in Windows 10</span> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Tue, 04/09/2019 - 12:56</span> <div><p>Universities that use <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/brand/microsoft/windows-10.html" target="_blank">Windows 10</a> operating systems on campus will need to<strong> ensure enabled devices are consistently up to date</strong> to keep student and administrative services running smoothly. </p> <p>Windows 10, delivered as a service, features <strong>monthly quality updates and biannual feature updates</strong> that are not voluntary. The new delivery model can cause challenges during and after migration if an IT department isn’t well prepared. Users of Pro Education can delay updates, but not forever; the twice-yearly updates, in spring and fall, are supported for just 18 and 30 months, respectively. Here are ways to handle the new cadence.</p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/12/5-common-questions-when-switching-windows-10" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH: </strong>Check out the answers to these 5 common questions about switching to Windows 10.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">1. Choose a Servicing Tool for Windows 10 Updates</h2> <p><a href="https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Windows-Blog-Archive/What-is-Windows-Update-for-Business/ba-p/167033" target="_blank">Windows Update for Business </a>(WUfB) is configured in Group Policy. Users can receive updates as they are <strong>publicly released or wait for the twice-yearly releases</strong> via the Semi-Annual Channel (SAC). Feature updates can be delayed for up to a year. For more control, use <a href="https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/administration/windows-server-update-services/get-started/windows-server-update-services-wsus" target="_blank">Windows Server Update Services (WSUS)</a> or <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/cloud-platform/system-center-configuration-manager" target="_blank">System Center Configuration Manager</a> (SCCM). WUfB pulls updates from <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/brand/microsoft.html" target="_blank">Microsoft</a>’s online update servers or neighboring devices; WSUS uses a local repository.</p> <h2 id="toc_1">2. Create Deployment Rings for Testing Windows Updates</h2> <p>Test the updates on a limited group of computers before rolling them out to all devices. Some devices might update on the SAC as soon as a monthly update is released, and others might use the SAC to test updates before wider distribution. <strong>Use WUfB settings or SCCM to create deployment rings</strong>. Each Group Policy object can contain unique WUfB settings, which are applied to a given ring. SCCM collections can target devices with specific updates. </p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/12/3-ways-configure-windows-10-distraction-free-experience" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH: </strong>See 3 ways to configure Windows 10 for a distraction-free experience.</em></a></p> <h2>3. Test Critical Apps in Advance</h2> <p>Education applications should be tested before a feature update is installed. New features and other changes can break applications, so develop a test for each app to ensure critical functionality isn’t affected. Universities can join the <a href="https://insider.windows.com/en-us/about-windows-insider-program/" target="_blank">Windows Insider Program</a> to get <strong>advance access to builds in active development</strong>. The Security Update Validation Program provides access to updates three weeks before release. </p> <h2 id="toc_3">4. Use New Technology to Roll Out Windows 10</h2> <p>Consider modern deployment options, such as mobile device management and <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsforbusiness/windows-autopilot" target="_blank">Windows Autopilot</a>. Windows Autopilot <strong>makes use of the image installed by the vendor</strong>, but it can be configured with additional software and settings using MDM. Deployments can be cloud or IT-driven, letting universities use <a href="https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/configuration/provisioning-packages/provisioning-install-icd" target="_blank">Windows Configuration Designer</a> to create provisioning packages that can be deployed locally.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/higher/author/russell-smith"><img src="/higher/sites/edtechmagazine.com.higher/files/styles/face_small/public/people/russell_smith_hed.jpg?itok=25dOyqnM" width="58" height="58" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/higher/author/russell-smith"> <div>Russell Smith</div> </a> <a target="_blank" class="twitter" href="https://twitter.com/intent/follow?region=follow_link&amp;screen_name=smithrussell&amp;tw_p=followbutton&amp;variant=2.0"><span>Twitter</span></a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Russell Smith is a technology consultant and trainer specializing in management and security of Microsoft server and client technologies. He is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer with more than 15 years of experience.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 09 Apr 2019 16:56:14 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 42016 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher 3 Ways Universities Can Keep Their Data Safe https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/04/3-ways-universities-can-keep-their-data-safe <span>3 Ways Universities Can Keep Their Data Safe</span> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Fri, 04/05/2019 - 14:00</span> <div><p>Higher education institutions scores of precious records, from personal information to intellectual property, that <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/03/cyber-espionage-puts-research-universities-risk">malicious actors would love to get their hands on</a>.</p> <p>While universities are working to update their cybersecurity strategies, nearly <strong>59 percent</strong> of universities are running outdated, vulnerable software, compared with <strong>18 percent</strong> of healthcare institutions and <strong>6 percent</strong> of banks, according to a <a href="https://blog.riskrecon.com/universities-student-data" target="_blank">recent survey by RiskRecon</a>, a cybersecurity risk management firm. </p> <p>To mitigate the chances of future university data breaches, here are<strong> three steps IT leaders can take</strong> to protect their networks.</p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/03/what-universities-can-do-limit-cybersecurity-risk-personal-devices-campus" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH:</strong> Check out what universities can do to limit the vulnerability of mobile devices on campus.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">1. Assess Network Security Early and Often</h2> <p>Testing for network vulnerabilities regularly is crucial in order for universities to keep their data safe. </p> <p>The rate of software vulnerabilities in internet-facing software at universities is <strong>10.6 times greater </strong>than at financial institutions, according to the RiskRecon survey. </p> <p>These vulnerabilities are <strong>13.5 times greater </strong>for high-value systems than in other industries, emphasizing the importance of constantly knowing the state of campus networks.</p> <p>There are several resources available to universities seeking to run network assessments to find these vulnerabilities. </p> <p>Outside parties such as CDW can offer universities <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/solutions/cybersecurity/security-threat-check.html" target="_blank">free network security checks</a> to find and <strong>compile lists of weaknesses</strong> that institutions may not be aware of. </p> <p>Alternatively, IT leaders can install tools from companies such as <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/fireeye.html" target="_blank">FireEye</a> or <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/brand/cisco.html?enkwrd=Cisco" target="_blank">Cisco</a> to automatically scan networks and alert teams to any openings that could be capitalized on by hackers. </p> <h2 id="toc_1">2. Patch University Networks Automatically</h2> <p>Infrequent patching is a common cause of security breaches, making it a crucial action item for IT teams. Nearly <strong>60 percent of breaches across industries</strong> were possible because of vulnerabilities that had not been patched, <a href="https://www.darkreading.com/vulnerabilities---threats/unpatched-vulnerabilities-the-source-of-most-data-breaches/d/d-id/1331465" target="_blank">Dark Reading reports</a>.</p> <p>Patching can be burdensome, especially at colleges with smaller teams, which is why <strong>automatic patching software</strong> can be a valuable asset. </p> <p>At <a href="https://www.northwestern.edu/" target="_blank">Northwestern University</a>, for example, CISO Tom Murphy rolled out a robust endpoint management system that can push out patches quickly. </p> <p>“The question was how to deal with a flaw that could <strong>potentially impact every modern computer</strong>. We were dealing with very large numbers of endpoints,” Murphy <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/04/higher-ed-security-pros-get-strategic-neutralize-threats">told <em>EdTech</em> in a previous interview</a>.</p> <p>Universities can forgo the patching process altogether by switching to the cloud. When <a href="https://www.osu.edu/" target="_blank">The Ohio State University</a> replaced its in-house email infrastructure with <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/brand/microsoft/office365.html" target="_blank">Microsoft Office 365</a>, it took pressure off of its IT team.</p> <p>“We don’t have to worry about the back end,” Senior Director of Infrastructure Bob Corbin and Senior Solutions Architect Brant Thomas <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/02/microsoft-office-365-delivers-unified-experience-ohio-state-university">told <em>EdTech</em> in a previous interview</a>. “We don’t have to patch them or see why one server crashed. That’s all taken care of.”</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_2">3. Adopt Network Practices That Prevent Lateral Movement</h2> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/04/Segment-Your-Campus-Network-for-Stronger-Security">Network segmentation</a> or <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/01/qa-patrick-sullivan-using-zero-trust-networks-boost-higher-ed-cybersecurity">zero trust network policies</a> can prevent bad actors from <strong>accessing important information as they move laterally through the network</strong>.</p> <p>When networks are not segmented, hackers can gain access to data files through a weakness in an <strong>unrelated web application</strong> and move into a university’s data center from there. </p> <p>Through network segmentation, hackers who are able to find and exploit similar weaknesses will be unable to find their way to the intellectual property and personal information they are looking for. </p> <p>To construct a segmented network, IT teams should start by establishing a roadmap of their networks and mapping out application dependencies, while making sure not to oversegment their networks, <a href="https://blog.cdw.com/networking/3-steps-to-get-started-with-network-segmentation" target="_blank">according to Lynn Mackie</a>, a principal security architect for CDW. </p> <p>With these three steps, universities can <strong>create a network security plan</strong> that can withstand the onslaught of attempted security breaches.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/higher/author/eli-zimmerman"><img src="/higher/sites/edtechmagazine.com.higher/files/styles/face_small/public/people/eliheadshot.jpg?itok=dbOQBwFz" width="58" height="58" alt="eli headshot" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/higher/author/eli-zimmerman"> <div>Eli Zimmerman</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Eli is Associate Editor for <em>EdTech Magazine Higher Education</em>. When not in the office, Eli is busy scanning the web for the latest podcasts or stepping into the boxing ring for a few rounds.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 05 Apr 2019 18:00:32 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 42011 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher To Optimize Campus IT, Start by Building a Better Team Culture https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/04/optimize-campus-it-start-building-better-team-culture <span>To Optimize Campus IT, Start by Building a Better Team Culture</span> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Tue, 04/02/2019 - 11:19</span> <div><p>When I took on the role of CIO and vice president of IT at <a href="https://nau.edu/" target="_blank">Northern Arizona University</a>, I wanted to create a 21st-century IT organization capable of<strong> leading transformational change within the institution</strong>. At that time, central IT staff were mired in a posture that was reactive and even risk-averse. I quickly recognized that, before we thought about upgrading equipment or putting new IT policies in place, we needed a shift in culture.</p> <p>Changing culture is, in many ways, far harder than <strong>upgrading a Wi-Fi network or rolling out a campus app</strong>. But the challenge is worth the reward and absolutely necessary for creating sustainable change.</p> <p><em><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/11/6-steps-help-universities-implement-adaptive-courseware" target="_blank"><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH:</strong> Check out these six steps to help universities implement adaptive courseware.</a></em></p> <h2 id="toc_0">Universities Can Start by Simplifying Their Program</h2> <p>Einstein said it best: “If you can’t explain something simply, then you don’t understand it well enough.” The IT department had been in the habit of programming complexities into the system. The <strong>student information system alone had more than 700 modifications</strong>.</p> <p>Simplifying is reliant on several factors. The chief data officer and I took the ideas we found in <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Governance-Performers-Decision-Superior-Results/dp/1591392535" target="_blank">Peter Weill’s and Jeanne W. Ross’s book <em>IT Governance</em></a> as a starting point to improve our charter and ensure that it <strong>encourages participation and collaboration from the entire university</strong>. </p> <p>We adopted IT service management best practices instead of constantly trying to reinvent the wheel. We adopted an agile process that allowed us to progress without getting bogged down in perfectionism. We implemented technology standards across campus that made the entire system easier to maintain, while also giving faculty a standardized experience as they moved from classroom to classroom. Finally, we <strong>separated our policies from our procedures</strong>, simplified them and linked them back to a knowledge base of articles.</p> <h2 id="toc_1">Consolidate Systems to Speed Up Response Time</h2> <p>I inherited a system <strong>full of redundancies and force dividers</strong>: multiple help desks, a disparate classroom support staff and <strong>300 servers</strong> in various states of disrepair, to name a few. We moved to a single service desk with three tiers of support, which took the guesswork out of whom to call when something went wrong. </p> <p>We standardized <strong>70 percent of our classrooms</strong> on state-of-the-art technology. Modern diagnostic tools helped us create a fast-moving rapid-response team for classroom support, averaging a response time of less than 10 minutes and a first-call resolution rate of <strong>97 percent</strong>. Finally, we ditched an aging server population in favor of <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/brand/dell-emc-interstitial.html" target="_blank">Dell EMC</a> hyperconverged server technology and virtualization. Together, these changes allowed us to shrink IT Services from <strong>250 employees to 195</strong>, with no reduction in services.</p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/09/smart-solutions-help-campus-it-teams-do-more-less" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH:</strong> See how smart solutions help university IT teams do more with less.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_2">Prioritize Planning and Communicate with Stakeholders</h2> <p>Our move from a reactive to a proactive IT culture would not have been possible without a focus on planning. We think in terms of cycles: <strong>90 days for project work, 18 months for strategic planning and 36 months for capital projects</strong>, such as network upgrades.</p> <p>Regular planning meetings that involve our stakeholders are also a vehicle for everyone to share their ideas. I want everyone to feel like a part of the team. <strong>A good idea can come from anyone</strong>, and it can’t be more than an idea unless it is broadly shared. Continuous planning also helps us recognize that our steady state isn’t stasis. In an organization like ours, the one constant is change.</p> <h2 id="toc_3">Invest in Your Team to Build Ownership and Communication</h2> <p>Valuing everyone’s contribution goes hand in hand with giving them the tools they need to succeed. Technology is a fundamentally human endeavor. It exists solely to enhance human life. This extends to our IT departments too. I recognize that, as CIO, I am in the people business. </p> <p>As I worked to centralize IT services, I also measured our climate and culture. What I discovered is that w<strong>e needed to build up teamwork and break down communication silos</strong>. We attacked the problem in several ways: We trained everyone — not just managers — in project management, helping them to see their role in and contribution to the greater project at hand. We instituted a communication framework designed to help staff better understand themselves and others and to collaborate more effectively. </p> <p>To address problems of training equity, I <strong>centralized and increased the training budget </strong>to ensure we provided this resource to staff who most needed it. We also worked with our human resources department to simplify job descriptions and create a new work-at-home program. IT staff now routinely acknowledge others for work well done with shout-outs in emails, handwritten notes and recognition in meetings.</p> <p><a href="https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/photo/stack-of-hands-unity-and-teamwork-concept-royalty-free-image/1016780008" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH:</strong> See how consistency and collaboration are key for classroom design.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_4">Create a Clear Focus on the Mission</h2> <p>Ultimately, the shift in our culture made us an organization that <strong>puts service at the center</strong>. Students don’t choose a college based on its awesome enterprise resource planning system. Whenever possible, it behooves us to offload as many mundane tasks as we can to the cloud, or to a service or business partner, so that our staff can focus on tasks that make a difference to the student experience. </p> <p><strong>It makes a powerful difference when decisions are framed with the question</strong>, “What is best for the students?” When we do that, we ensure that our time, both as individuals and as a department, is optimized for the work that matters most.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/higher/taxonomy/term/11781"><img src="/higher/sites/edtechmagazine.com.higher/files/styles/face_small/public/people/Steven%20Burrell.jpeg.jpg?itok=Z0V49Kei" width="58" height="58" alt="Steven Burrell" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/higher/taxonomy/term/11781"> <div>Steven Burrell</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Steven Burrell is the vice president for IT and CIO at Northern Arizona University.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 02 Apr 2019 15:19:39 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 42006 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher Drones Take Flight on Campus for Teaching, Research and Administrative Tasks https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/04/drones-take-flight-campus-teaching-research-and-administrative-tasks <span>Drones Take Flight on Campus for Teaching, Research and Administrative Tasks</span> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Mon, 04/01/2019 - 11:53</span> <div><p>Ten years ago, <strong>seeing a drone zoom over a college campus</strong> would have been unusual, to say the least. Today, however, several institutions are using the technology to support learning, research and even administrative work, such as capturing footage for a marketing video.</p> <p>Unmanned aerial vehicles have been in use since the 1990s, primarily to support military, border security and other public operations, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Consumer adoption began to accelerate a few years ago as hobby drones became more advanced and less expensive. From 2014 to 2017,<strong> consumer drone shipments jumped worldwide by 7 million units</strong>, according to a <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/intelligence/drones-101?IR=T&amp;utm_source=businessinsider&amp;utm_medium=ctgr&amp;utm_term=ctgr_leadgen&amp;utm_content=transportation_ctgr_leadgen&amp;utm_campaign=transportation_ctgr_leadgen_drones_101" target="_blank">Business Insider Intelligence analysis</a>.</p> <p>That’s about when higher education institutions began to realize UAVs could play a role on campus, according to Venkata Krishnan Seshadri, industry lead at market research provider Technavio.</p> <p>“<strong>Drones facilitate application-based, practical learning</strong>, which helps students understand and remember key theoretical concepts,” Seshadri says. “Using drones significantly reduces risks and costs. For instance, in archeological-related courses, drones are used to capture aerial imagery, which increases the quality of learning without safety issues.”</p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/12/product-review-dji-phantom-4-pro-drone-easy-addition-campus-fleet" target="_blank"><em><strong>PRODUCT REVIEW: </strong>DJI Phantom 4 Pro+ Drone is an easy addition to a campus fleet.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">Drones Offer Versatility for Multiple Campus Disciplines</h2> <p>Arthur Helmicki, a professor in the <a href="https://ceas.uc.edu/academics/departments/electrical-engineering-computer-science.html" target="_blank">University of Cincinnati’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science</a>, is investigating how the Ohio Department of Transportation might <strong>use drones to collect information that is logistically difficult to obtain and to improve operations</strong> — monitoring traffic patterns, for instance, or determining if an area has flooding erosion.</p> <p>His team has used several models, including<a href="https://www.cdwg.com/product/dji-matrice-m210-rtk-glonass-drone/5454876?pfm=srh" target="_blank"> DJI’s M210 RTK</a> and the <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/product/intel-falcon-8-cockpit-3-battery-drone/5206145?enkwrd=Intel+Falcon+8++Drone" target="_blank">Intel Falcon 8+ Drone</a> - Topcon Edition.</p> <p>“We have a fleet of several we’ve used right out of the box, and we’re configuring others to carry additional payloads,” Helmicki says. “Drones have a very <strong>multidisciplinary flavor, and that appeals to students and faculty</strong>. It’s not something any one discipline can claim it knows everything about.”</p> <p>Equipping drones to gather specific types of data for a particular project may mean the devices need modification, says Helmicki. To do so, he recommends assembling a team with members from departments such as aerospace and mechanical engineering.</p> <p>Battery life is another consideration. Helmicki’s project involves <strong>tethered drones that connect to a generator on the ground</strong>. That extends use beyond battery limitations — a challenge <a href="http://www.colgate.edu/" target="_blank">Colgate University</a> encountered when creating a promotional <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCHty68El3E" target="_blank">video</a> about students moving in. </p> <p>Factoring in takeoff and landing, Colgate’s drone could fly for approximately eight minutes, so staff needed multiple flights to get footage of various locations. Even so, Director of Engagement and Support Ahmad Khazaee says drones were<strong> still more efficient than previous options</strong>.</p> <p>“You can take aerial shots in a way that even five years ago would’ve been very expensive and difficult to do,” he says. “You can experiment and quickly see what the possibilities are, and it’s <strong>so much cheaper than paying to rent a plane and photographer</strong>.”</p> <h2 id="toc_1">Campus Drone Uses Include Art, Agriculture and Archaeology</h2> <p>A few colleges, such as <a href="https://unmanned.okstate.edu/node/39" target="_blank">Oklahoma State University</a>, the <a href="http://aviation.und.edu/prospective-students/undergraduate/uas-operations.aspx" target="_blank">University of North Dakota</a> and <a href="https://www.isu.edu/unmannedaerialsystems/" target="_blank">Idaho State University</a>, have <strong>established courses or entire programs</strong> that center on drone use and creation. </p> <p>Others use the technology to drive home concepts in the classroom. Journalism students at the <a href="https://journalism.arizona.edu/taking-flight-drone-digital-tools-prepare-students-jobs" target="_blank">University of Arizona</a>, for instance, used drones to capture video of U.S. border region security. Students at <a href="https://www.wellesley.edu/news/2017/stories/node/132401" target="_blank">Wellesley College</a> carried out a <strong>mock rescue mission</strong> with a drone for a social justice, conflict and engineering course. </p> <p>The devices also can be valuable research assistants. <a href="http://waypoint.sensefly.com/inspection-oregon-drones-bridges-towers/" target="_blank">Oregon State University</a> faculty used drones to <strong>inspect state bridges and wireless communication towers</strong>. <a href="http://newsstand.clemson.edu/mediarelations/clemson-precision-ag-research-primed-for-new-heights/" target="_blank">Clemson University</a> sponsored a study that monitored crop health with UAVs.</p> <p>At <a href="https://www.desales.edu/" target="_blank">DeSales University</a>, drones became a standard part of student film work after Yuneec sent associate professor Chuck Gloman one of its H520 devices for a <em>TV Technology </em>magazine review he wrote in April 2018. Gloman tested the drone on the university’s Center Valley, Pennsylvania, campus, filming character introductions for a short film he’d written. </p> <p>He was impressed by how steady the camera remained, <strong>providing clear, consistent shots despite strong winds</strong> during the three-day shoot. His experiment prompted DeSales to purchase one of <a href="https://m.cdwg.com/product/Yuneec-Typhoon-H520-with-E50-Camera-drone/4849122" target="_blank">Yuneec’s Typhoon</a> models.</p> <p>“Once you go drone, you’ll never go back,” Gloman says. “It provides an incredible look, actually coming down from the sky right to eye level.”</p> <p>A <a href="https://www.colorado.edu/iriss/research/project-society" target="_blank">University of Colorado Boulder </a>initiative, Project Society, has given <strong>small seed grants to faculty in theater, dance and other departments</strong> who want to explore the social, ethical, political, economic and cultural implications of drones, says Project Society Codirector Lorraine Bayard de Volo, who also chairs the women and gender studies department at the university.</p> <p>Grant recipients have purchased a variety of drones, including the DJI Phantom 3 Professional.</p> <p>“We have an <strong>archeologist who can map archeological characteristics</strong> you can’t see from normal sight,” de Volo says. “We had another grant go to someone who wanted to experiment with how we might capture the soundscape of nature using drones.”</p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/06/4-ways-drones-bring-college-campuses-new-heights" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH:</strong> Check out 4 ways drones can make an impact on campus.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_2">Hands-On Applications Fuel Higher Ed Interest in Drones</h2> <p>As of mid-2018, there were <strong>more than 1 million registered UAVs in the U.S.</strong>, according to <a href="https://www.faa.gov/news/media/2018_Administrators_Fact_Book.pdf" target="_blank">Federal Aviation Administration data</a>. The <a href="https://www.faa.gov/news/fact_sheets/news_story.cfm?newsId=22594" target="_blank">agency predicts that will more than double </a>to <strong>2.4 million by 2022</strong>. </p> <p>Federal regulations <strong>may govern the permissible height of a flight or call for drones</strong> to avoid large groups of people, so campus users should be aware of any restrictions. To ensure compliance, institutions may want to develop a policy that covers both FAA and campus requirements, says Seshadri, including designated areas and scenarios in which drones can be used.</p> <p>“Flying a drone for work, as opposed to for fun, in most cases <strong>imposes additional rules related to certification and aircraft requirements</strong>,” he says. “Pilots should be trained and learn local flight paths and air space restrictions. To ensure adequate training is provided to gain a certification, universities largely rely on external providers.”</p> <p>Although academic use is still in the early stages, according to Helmicki, drones’ ability to provide robust, hands-on experience is already fueling interest in bringing the technology into coursework and university-sponsored projects.</p> <p>“They need to be studied: how to coordinate drones in high-traffic areas, the interaction of drones and people,” Helmicki says. “But drones have a ‘wow’ factor, so students really enjoy working with them. <strong>The sky’s the limit</strong>.”</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/higher/author/erin-brereton"><img src="/higher/sites/edtechmagazine.com.higher/files/styles/face_small/public/people/Erin%20Brereton.jpg?itok=b4T6k1ew" width="58" height="58" alt="Erin Brereton" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/higher/author/erin-brereton"> <div>Erin Brereton</div> </a> <a target="_blank" class="twitter" href="https://twitter.com/intent/follow?region=follow_link&amp;screen_name=Erbrer09&amp;tw_p=followbutton&amp;variant=2.0"><span>Twitter</span></a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Erin Brereton has written about technology, business and other topics for more than 50 magazines, newspapers and online publications. </p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 01 Apr 2019 15:53:11 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 42001 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher Higher Education Invests in Wi–Fi Technology for Smart Campus Projects https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/03/higher-education-invests-wi-fi-technology-smart-campus-projects-perfcon <span>Higher Education Invests in Wi–Fi Technology for Smart Campus Projects</span> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Fri, 03/29/2019 - 13:18</span> <div><p><a href="https://www.securedgenetworks.com/blog/smart-campus-managed-network-services-for-university-wi-fi-in-the-age-of-iot" target="_blank">A smart campus strategy</a> can help universities<strong> improve facility management, lower operational costs and enhance student experiences</strong>. </p> <p>According to experts at <a href="https://tco.osu.edu/smart-campus-digital-transformation-for-higher-ed/" target="_blank">The Ohio</a><a href="https://tco.osu.edu/smart-campus-digital-transformation-for-higher-ed/" target="_blank"> State University</a>, the smart campus is “a paradigm shift whereby higher education institutions use innovative, next-generation technologies to create a <strong>digitally-connected campus</strong> and deliver exceptional consumer experience.” </p> <p>To integrate these smart campus solutions, universities will need <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/10/better-wi-fi-positions-colleges-leverage-smart-campus-tech">robust Wi-Fi networks</a>. This will prove to be essential as new additions such as active-learning classrooms make their way onto campuses. </p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/11/fog-computing-promises-faster-data-analytics-internet-things-devices" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH:</strong> Check out how fog computing can offer universities faster computing and data analytics.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">What Is a Smart Campus?</h2> <p>Just as cities use technology to enhance citizen services through <a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/smart-cities-hub" target="_blank">smart city initiatives</a>, campuses are embracing “smart campus” solutions to <strong>streamline the services that students use daily</strong>. </p> <p>A first step is often to <strong>modernize the campus experience </strong>by integrating technology into services such as housing, dining, stadiums and recreational centers, and transportation. </p> <p>Smart campuses also include <strong>tools for staff and faculty us</strong>e, such as classroom technology, research facilities, student administration and building operations. </p> <p>At the <a href="https://www.asu.edu/" target="_blank">Arizona State University</a>, <a href="https://www.asu.edu/purchasing/bids/pdfs/341901_exhibit_a.pdf" target="_blank">IT leaders installed</a> 11,000 <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/brand/cisco.html?enkwrd=Cisco" target="_blank">Cisco</a> access points to create an enterprise network design that could handle the <strong>50,000 or more connections</strong> that occur on a typical day. </p> <p>One of ASU’s most notable smart campus projects was at Sun Devil Stadium, which now has Cisco APs supporting <strong>sensors to monitor weather, humidity </strong><strong>and</strong><strong> temperature inside the arena</strong>. </p> <p>In addition, smart sensors can detect noise levels to see which fan section in the stadium is the loudest, information that’s projected onto large displays.</p> <p>“Using technologies that enable <strong>frictionless, touchless, and intuitive experiences</strong> — driven by a digitally connected community — these smart campuses seize true transformation to provide the level of service their digitally native student body and faculty have come to expect,” <a href="https://www2.deloitte.com/us/en/pages/consulting/solutions/next-generation-smart-campus.html" target="_blank">according to Deloitte</a>.</p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/12/near-field-communication-technology-supports-contactless-student-id-universities-perfcon" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH:</strong> See how near field communication helps higher education students interact with their campuses through wearables.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_1">Smart Campus Infrastructure Can Cut Infrastructure Costs</h2> <p>A key benefit of smart campus infrastructure is that it helps universities offer incoming students the resources they want while keeping costs down. </p> <p>With only <a href="https://www.eab.com/daily-briefing/2018/10/01/only-38-percent-of-colleges-met-enrollment-goals-by-may-1" target="_blank">38 percent of institutions</a> meeting their enrollment goals, colleges may want to consider smart technology integrations that can <strong>support campus marketing</strong>.</p> <p>Modern campus <strong>Wi–Fi</strong><strong> technologies, such as wearable payment systems, real-time parking monitoring applications </strong><strong>and</strong><strong> secure personal networks</strong>, are what students demand from their universities. </p> <p>While several of these solutions may seem to require more money to implement, smart campus technology actually can help streamline device and service management to be more cost effective.</p> <p>In a <a href="https://www.centurylink.com/asset/public-sector/reports/cde17-leveraging-the-iot-for-a-smart-campus-3march17.pdf" target="_blank">study conducted by the Center for Digital Education and CenturyLink</a>, <strong>50 percent </strong>of higher education officials agreed smart campus technology could cut costs, and <strong>43 percent</strong> agreed it could boost student retention. </p> <p>Spending reductions can present themselves in several ways. For example, an essential part of a smart campus is <strong>bringing campus devices and applications under a shared infrastructure</strong>. Universities can automate and analyze their connected devices, such as sensors, cameras, lights and ID cards, according to a <a href="https://ruckus-www.s3.amazonaws.com/pdf/solution-briefs/sb-smartcampus-living.pdf" target="_blank">Ruckus brief</a>. </p> <p>Universities can find inefficiencies more easily through analytics, creating opportunities for improvement. </p> <p>“You can use that visibility to realize substantial operational savings,” Ruckus notes. “Those savings can then be reinvested in the campus to fund additional student service projects, hire more staff, or expand campus facilities, to name just a few possibilities.” </p> <p>Another example is a smart building. While many universities have no way of knowing when a building is in use or not, <strong>smart campus IT managers can use </strong><strong>Internet</strong><strong> of Things sensors</strong> to detect whether a building is empty and adjust power to the area accordingly to conserve electricity or gas. This can cut building maintenance and energy costs and is also a more environmentally friendly choice.</p> <p>“Colleges have some interest in trying to create a Wi-Fi ecosystem throughout a campus that would help with things like facilities management,” James Wiley, a principal technology analyst for research advisory firm Eduventures, tells<a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/10/better-wi-fi-positions-colleges-leverage-smart-campus-tech"><em> EdTech</em></a>. “If you know through your IoT and Wi-Fi devices that a building’s not being used at a certain time, then you don’t have to keep the lights on in that building.” </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="/sites/healthtechmagazine.net/files/Digital%20Transformation_IR_1.jpg" /></a></p> <h2 id="toc_2">IoT Drives Connected Campus Wi-Fi Solutions</h2> <p>To support smart campus integrations, universities may have to increase investments in campus Wi-Fi solutions to handle the increased bandwidth demands. </p> <p>According to a <a href="https://ruckus-www.s3.amazonaws.com/pdf/solution-briefs/sb-smartcampus-ebook.pdf" target="_blank">Ruckus e-book</a>, a Wi-Fi infrastructure is <strong>the backbone</strong><strong> for a smart campus plan</strong>, which may eventually extend to living, learning and network security. </p> <p>However, just <strong>23 percent</strong> of higher education officials believe their campuses have the infrastructure to support smart campus technologies. </p> <p>To build a smart campus network that can accommodate several smart technologies, IT leaders will first need to assess their existing campus Wi-Fi solutions to see what devices they can support, a <a href="https://media.erepublic.com/document/CDE18_WHITE_PAPER_Cisco-HigherEd_V.pdf" target="_blank">Cisco white paper notes</a>. </p> <p>It is also important to understand where the locations of smart devices are likely to be and to fill in as many Wi-Fi dead zones as possible. </p> <p>“An early challenge for colleges and universities adding sensors and smart controllers to HVAC systems was that<strong> many were in Wi-Fi inaccessible locations</strong>,” Cisco says. “As universities begin experimenting with autonomous technologies like driverless vehicles, though, it will become important to ensure networks blanket the entire campus with enough capacity to stream large amounts of data in real time.”</p> <p><a href="https://www.kennesaw.edu/" target="_blank">Kennesaw State University</a>, for example, strategically placed <strong>3,000 Cisco Wi-Fi APs</strong> around <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/10/colleges-tackle-great-outdoors-campus-wi-fi-upgrades">campus to extend wireless coverage outside</a>. </p> <p>Finally, universities may want to seek out<strong> automated network management solutions</strong>. Emerging artificial intelligence solutions from <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/brands/paloalto/default.aspx?enkwrd=Palo%20Alto" target="_blank">Palo Alto Networks</a> and other vendors can help ensure internet connections are optimized and secured while minimizing the burden on IT staff.</p> <p>While automated vehicles and fully connected campuses may seem remote for some institutions, experts agree that these types of services will soon be mandatory for universities to be successful.</p> <p>“Creating these ‘smart campuses’ is no longer an aspirational goal,” the Cisco white paper notes. “It’s a reality.”</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/higher/author/eli-zimmerman"><img src="/higher/sites/edtechmagazine.com.higher/files/styles/face_small/public/people/eliheadshot.jpg?itok=dbOQBwFz" width="58" height="58" alt="eli headshot" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/higher/author/eli-zimmerman"> <div>Eli Zimmerman</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Eli is Associate Editor for <em>EdTech Magazine Higher Education</em>. When not in the office, Eli is busy scanning the web for the latest podcasts or stepping into the boxing ring for a few rounds.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 29 Mar 2019 17:18:29 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 41996 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher World Backup Day: 3 Data Storage Success Stories in Higher Education https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/03/world-backup-day-3-data-storage-success-stories-higher-education <span>World Backup Day: 3 Data Storage Success Stories in Higher Education </span> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Thu, 03/28/2019 - 12:08</span> <div><p>Universities deal with large amounts of data every day, from student information to intellectual property. This <strong>makes it essential to have a robust backup system</strong> in place. With <a href="http://www.worldbackupday.com/en/" target="_blank">World Backup Day</a> approaching, now is the time for higher education institutions to consider their own solutions.</p> <p>From ransomware attacks to natural and man-made disasters, the risks to data can present themselves at any time, and the cost of being without a recovery plan can be immense. In 2018, the cost of a data breach reached as high as <strong>$260 per record</strong>, according to a <a href="https://www.ibm.com/security/data-breach" target="_blank">Ponemon report</a>.</p> <p>Whether they’re using flash storage systems, hybrid cloud models or full-cloud integration, campuses should be sure their data is safe in the event of an unforeseen catastrophe.</p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/10/classifying-campus-data-key-effective-backup-and-recovery" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH:</strong> See how universities can prepare for disaster recovery by prioritizing data assets.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">1. Flash Storage Makes Data Backup Fast and Painless</h2> <p>Because university IT teams are tasked with the maintenance and support of large swaths of data, <strong>storage systems must be fast and efficient</strong>.</p> <p>At the <a href="https://degree.davenport.edu/?source_code=GOOGLE&amp;source_campaign_id=593&amp;cmid=167473184&amp;agid=8152195904&amp;search_keyword=davenport%20university%20in%20michigan&amp;search_type=e&amp;netid=g&amp;adid=50891566784&amp;adpos=1t1&amp;dvt=&amp;ptid=&amp;gclid=EAIaIQobChMIyrHImcCg4QIVWAOGCh3BSwPCEAAYASAAEgKP4_D_BwE" target="_blank">Davenport University in Michigan</a>, CIO Ben Williams and his team were experiencing significant bottlenecks during data backups, making the process cumbersome.</p> <p>Using <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/product/pure-storage-forever-flash-free-controller/5438459?enkwrd=Forever+Flash+array" target="_blank">Pure Storage Forever Flash solid-state driver arrays</a>, the team can now back up and analyze data in one hour instead of three. </p> <p>“We’d schedule a job, and the next day we’d see the results,” Williams <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/02/solid-state-storage-boosts-speed-and-cuts-downtime-campus-it">tells <em>EdTech</em></a>. “With the new SSD storage systems, we’re seeing significantly faster results on both the database side and on the job server.”</p> <h2 id="toc_1">2. Hybrid Cloud Storage Model Offers Universities Multiple Options</h2> <p>When James Tagliareni arrived at <a href="https://washburn.edu/" target="_blank">Washburn University</a> in Kansas as the new chief information officer, only <strong>20 percent of the institution’s critical data </strong>was backed up, a fact that concerned him.</p> <p>“I used to jokingly say, but with some sincerity, that the <strong>quickest way to get fired in IT is to mess up on people’s data</strong>,” Tagliareni <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/10/recovery-systems-protect-campus-data-potential-threats">tells <em>EdTech</em></a>. “If I started here and within two months we had a tornado, people would ask me, ‘Why didn’t you have it backed up? We thought that’s your job, to make sure everything is covered.’ It’s extremely important to have a good backup solution.”</p> <p>With the support of his team, Tagliareni integrated a <a href="https://www.cdw.com/product/Barracuda-Backup-1091-recovery-appliance/3041467" target="_blank">Barracuda Backup 1091</a> server to store data from the institution’s <strong>215 virtual servers onsite and in the cloud</strong>.</p> <p>Now, whether facing tornados, malicious hackers or user mistakes, university data can be easily restored in as few as <strong>5 to 10 minutes</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> Read more about how solid-state storage boosts speed and cuts downtime for campus IT.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_2">3. Cloud Storage Secures Data Safely and Easily Offsite</h2> <p>All-in-one cloud storage solutions can <strong>simplify the backup process</strong> by unifying data under a single API. </p> <p>At the <a href="https://twin-cities.umn.edu/" target="_blank">University of Minnesota</a>, on-premises storage units were <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/09/it-leaders-tout-savings-and-security-cloud-storage" target="_blank">constantly under attack</a> from unforeseen events. </p> <p>When a single squirrel nearly destroyed a campus data center, Steve Nguyen, IT service director for collaboration and web content services, decided it was time to find a new solution. “All credibility and trust with IT went out the window that day,” <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/09/it-leaders-tout-savings-and-security-cloud-storage">Nguyen</a> said at Google Cloud Next, <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/brand/google-interstitial.html?enkwrd=Google" target="_blank">Google</a>’s 2018 annual cloud conference.</p> <p>Nguyen and his team transitioned the university to Google Cloud, moving all data to a secure location that users can access <strong>without fear of any stray campus animals</strong> destroying their files. </p> <p>Regardless of which solution universities choose to fit their campus needs, <strong>assuring fast and easy data recovery</strong> can help IT leaders and campus residents rest easy.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/higher/author/eli-zimmerman"><img src="/higher/sites/edtechmagazine.com.higher/files/styles/face_small/public/people/eliheadshot.jpg?itok=dbOQBwFz" width="58" height="58" alt="eli headshot" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/higher/author/eli-zimmerman"> <div>Eli Zimmerman</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Eli is Associate Editor for <em>EdTech Magazine Higher Education</em>. When not in the office, Eli is busy scanning the web for the latest podcasts or stepping into the boxing ring for a few rounds.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 28 Mar 2019 16:08:09 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 41991 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher