EdTech Magazine - Technology Solutions That Drive Education https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/rss.xml en EDUCAUSE 2019: Universities Build High-Density Wi-Fi Networks to Streamline Student Services https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/media/video/educause-2019-universities-build-high-density-wi-fi-networks-streamline-student <span>EDUCAUSE 2019: Universities Build High-Density Wi-Fi Networks to Streamline Student Services</span> <div><p>Students, faculty and staff are dependent on strong, reliable campus network connections, which means IT leaders will need to have an infrastructure that can support large numbers of users at any given time. See how Butler University upgraded its Wi-Fi to mitigate bottlenecks in high-traffic areas on campus.</p> <p>To stay up to date on all of the news and ideas coming out of EDUCAUSE, follow <em>EdTech</em>'s coverage on the <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/educause-2019">EDUCAUSE 2019 conference hub</a>.</p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Thu, 10/17/2019 - 12:15</span> <div> <div>Tweet text</div> <div>#HigherEd students, faculty and staff demand efficient Wi-Fi throughout campus. 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At @butleru, IT leaders worked with @Cisco to build a network that could support high-traffic areas on campus. #EDU19" data-via="EdTech_HigherEd" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?f=realtime&amp;q=https%3A%2F%2Fedtechmagazine.com%2Fhigher%2Frss.xml%3Fitok%3DObcVnWra%26destination%3D%2Fhigher%2F%253Fitok%253DObcVnWra%26_exception_statuscode%3D404" target="_blank"><span class="pw-box-counter cdw-taboola" data-channel="twitter"></span></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <!-- Pinterest button is in EdTechk12 theme's horizontal template --> </div> <div> <div>Pull Quote</div> <div> <p class="quote"><a href="/higher/media/video/educause-2019-universities-build-high-density-wi-fi-networks-streamline-student"> We have to plan ahead and make sure we have systems that are ready and waiting to connect to those new devices.&quot; </a></p> <img src="/higher/sites/edtechmagazine.com.higher/files/styles/photo_quote_thumb/public/2019-10/Pete%20Williams.jpg?itok=XZLGEQM5" width="60" height="60" alt="Peter Williams" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <p class='speaker'> <span>Peter Williams</span> CIO, Butler University </p> </div> </div> Thu, 17 Oct 2019 16:15:04 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 42676 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher EDUCAUSE 2019: Higher Ed Organizations Advocate for Clarity and Context in Data Security Regulations https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/10/educause-2019-higher-ed-organizations-advocate-clarity-and-context-data-security-regulations <span>EDUCAUSE 2019: Higher Ed Organizations Advocate for Clarity and Context in Data Security Regulations</span> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/dashboard/amyburroughs26341" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">amy.burroughs_26341</span></span> <span>Thu, 10/17/2019 - 10:16</span> <div><p>Public policy experts Jarret Cummings and Katie Branson presented “Higher Education and IT Policy, 2019: Developments and Directions” on Wednesday at the annual EDUCAUSE Conference in Chicago, updating attendees about <strong>pending developments in information security and accessibility</strong>.</p> <p>Cummings is the <a href="https://www.educause.edu/focus-areas-and-initiatives/policy-and-security/educause-policy" target="_blank">EDUCAUSE senior adviser for policy and government relations</a>, and Branson is a senior associate at EDUCAUSE consultants <a href="https://ulmanpolicy.com/" target="_blank">Ulman Public Policy</a>.</p> <p>One pending piece of legislation, the “long overdue” reauthorization of the <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2019/03/congress-eyes-higher-education-act-reauthorization/584449/" target="_blank">Higher Education Act</a>, Branson said, likely will not occur until <strong>after the 2020 presidential election</strong>.</p> <p>“Even before recent events, it was highly unlikely the White House and Congress were going to pass any major legislation before the 2020 elections,” she said. “Now, with impeachment formally in the air, nothing is likely to pass that doesn’t have to.” </p> <p><a href="https://twitter.com/EdTech_HigherEd" target="_blank"><em><strong>JOIN THE CONVERSATION:</strong> Follow @EdTech_HigherEd on Twitter for continued EDUCAUSE coverage.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">Higher Ed Allies Propose Revisions to Safeguards Rule Updates</h2> <p>Another issue of interest to the EDUCAUSE community, Cummings said, is <strong>proposed changes to the <a href="https://www.ftc.gov/enforcement/rules/rulemaking-regulatory-reform-proceedings/safeguards-rule" target="_blank">Federal Trade Commission’s Safeguards Rule</a></strong>, which requires financial institutions to put protections in place to protect consumer information. It applies to colleges because of their role in handling student loans and financial aid.</p> <p>While the rule already requires a comprehensive, risk-based information security program, the FTC earlier this year<strong> called for a series of revisions</strong> that EDUCAUSE believes would “dramatically impact the degree of discretion and flexibility colleges have under the rule,” said Cummings.</p> <p>Among other proposals, he said, colleges would have to appoint someone to the role of CISO (regardless of actual title); encrypt data related to customer information, in transit and at rest; and for any applications handling data, perform continuous security monitoring or annual penetration testing accompanied by a biannual vulnerability assessment. </p> <p>Of particular concern, said Cummings, is <strong>the six-month compliance deadline</strong>. </p> <p>He also pointed to the FTC’s definition of “small institutions,” which, as defined in the proposed changes, doesn’t translate well in a higher education context and thus could have a negative impact on potential exemptions. </p> <p>“We would be concerned that small colleges and universities that should be entitled to those exemptions would not have access to them,” he said.</p> <p>In addition, Cummings said, the FTC was not specific enough about the information to which the requirements would apply, leaving open the possibility of “scope creep,” and many of the <strong>provisions fail to account for cloud services</strong> — now ubiquitous in higher education — which could create barriers to compliance. </p> <p>Accordingly, said Cummings, <strong>EDUCAUSE has joined with the <a href="https://www.acenet.edu/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">American Council on Education</a></strong> and other allies to file a response to the proposal. They have asked for a two-year compliance deadline, with a one-year deadline to create a compliance plan, and for “small institutions” to be defined in a way that would more effectively protect their exemption status.</p> <p>Finally, they have asked for revisions that better define the scope of the rule and account for the limited control and access to information that may apply to cloud services.</p> <p>EDUCAUSE is also paying attention to an ongoing information security compliance<strong> issue involving the <a href="https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/" target="_blank">Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid Program</a></strong>, Branson said, and has formed a member working group to develop recommendations.</p> <p>This matter, which also involves the FTC Safeguards Rule, relates to <strong>steps institutions must take in regard to data breaches</strong> or suspected breaches. EDUCAUSE has requested more clarity on these requirements and is interested in working more closely with FSA to develop them.</p> <p>“Both sides have recognized that <strong>it makes sense for us to talk about and share our views</strong> and perspectives concerning what guidelines and information would be helpful to institutions,” Cumming said.</p> <p>The FSA plans to discuss that collaborative model at its December meeting, said Branson.</p> <h2 id="toc_1">Proposed Aim High Act Again Seeks Support in Congress</h2> <p>Finally, EDUCAUSE continues to work to advance federal legislation on<strong> voluntary guidelines for accessibility materials and technologies</strong>, Branson said. </p> <p>As part of that work, the organization and partners developed the <a href="https://er.educause.edu/blogs/2018/1/houses-prosper-act-includes-aim-high-makes-changes-to-copyright-requirements" target="_blank"><strong>Aim High Act</strong></a>. It was introduced in the House and Senate in the last Congress, and EDUCAUSE’s policy team is working to get it reintroduced in this Congress.</p> <p>One change in the legislation, she said, is the addition of provisions that would address voluntary guidelines for pilot testing and provide more effective incentives for institutions to comply with the accessibility guidelines.</p> <p><em>See more of our <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/educause-2019">EDUCAUSE coverage here</a>.</em></p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/higher/author/amy-burroughs" hreflang="en"><img src="/higher/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/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> Thu, 17 Oct 2019 14:16:48 +0000 amy.burroughs_26341 42671 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher EDUCAUSE 2019: Diverse Campus Initiatives Depend on Advanced Wi-Fi Solutions https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/10/educause-2019-diverse-campus-initiatives-depend-advanced-wi-fi-solutions <span>EDUCAUSE 2019: Diverse Campus Initiatives Depend on Advanced Wi-Fi Solutions</span> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/dashboard/amyburroughs26341" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">amy.burroughs_26341</span></span> <span>Thu, 10/17/2019 - 06:31</span> <div><p>Access points shine when they hum quietly behind the scenes, delivering connectivity so seamless that users enjoy it without a second thought. In fact, high-performing <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/07/it-leaders-get-strategic-about-campus-coverage">Wi-Fi is the workhorse</a> of many campus initiatives, and <strong>APs are critical to making it work</strong>.</p> <p>That was the theme of “Increasing Student Success with High-Density Wi-Fi,” a presentation delivered Wednesday at the annual EDUCAUSE conference in Chicago.</p> <p>Joyce Kim, an educational technology analyst with research and consulting firm Ovum, moderated the conversation with Barry Arnold, director of network and data center operations at <a href="https://www.georgetown.edu/" target="_blank">Georgetown University</a>; Marc Benner, assistant CIO at <a href="https://www.ic.edu/" target="_blank">Illinois College</a>; and Peter Williams, associate vice president of IT and CIO at <a href="https://www.butler.edu/" target="_blank">Butler University</a>. </p> <p><a href="https://twitter.com/EdTech_HigherEd" target="_blank"><em><strong>JOIN THE CONVERSATION:</strong> Follow @EdTech_HigherEd on Twitter for continued EDUCAUSE coverage.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">Reliable APs Facilitate Both Connectivity and Resulting Data</h2> <p>When Butler sought to upgrade a <strong>10-year-old network</strong>, the university went with a <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/cisco.html" target="_blank">Cisco Meraki</a> solution, ultimately deploying <strong>1,300 APs</strong> across campus. The goal was, in part, to meet the baseline of connectivity that students expect, especially during periods of high demand, Williams said. </p> <p>“The density of the environment we experience is pretty significant,” Williams said, pointing to students’ tendency to be early adopters of any new technological device. </p> <p>Better visibility into network traffic through <a href="https://meraki.cisco.com/" target="_blank">the Meraki dashboard</a> has made a<strong> dramatic difference in the IT team’s ability</strong> to manage the network, he said: “It’s opened a whole new way of how we might approach serving our customer.”</p> <p>Improved Wi-Fi is also helping Butler pursue a program of data-driven insights and interventions for student success. For instance, <strong>data about campus traffic patterns</strong> helps administrators understand how students are using facilities. Bluetooth beacons and application programming interface integrations make it possible for students to receive timely notifications in an app, based on their personal preferences, when they go to certain locations on campus.</p> <p>The ability to aggregate data about students’ locations <strong>also has public safety applications</strong>, Williams said. In the past, reports of missing persons (even if they were false alarms raised by concerned parents) could send police on a “needle in the haystack” search, he said.</p> <p>Now, staff can look at a student’s path on the network to determine where his or her devices might be, or track location via card access in a building. The next iteration of leveraging that data might be to derive behavioral insights that can be used to help students in other ways too.</p> <p>“How might we <strong>leverage those to support student success</strong>, in a sensitive way?” Williams said, acknowledging the need to address privacy concerns. </p> <p>At Illinois College, a small IT team made an easy-to-manage AP solution a must. It also chose Cisco Meraki as a centralized, cloud-managed platform that included APs, switches, endpoint management, and security appliances and cameras. </p> <p>Installing new APs in <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/10/colleges-optimize-traffic-busy-residence-hall-networks">residence halls</a> was one major improvement. In the past, APs were placed in hallways, Benner said, but the bandwidth demand got so high that students had to<strong> keep their doors open just to get a signal</strong>. </p> <p>Today, the network supports connectivity whether students are online to do coursework, practice for the esports team or enjoy online entertainment. At Georgetown, a recent deployment of <strong>2,500 APs in 17 buildings</strong> — more than double the previous number — has created the Wi-Fi-only environment that students expect. </p> <p>In truth, Arnold said, “they aren’t really jumping up and down saying the Wi-Fi is so much better this year. They just expect it to work.”</p> <p>For IT staff, however, making that happen had its challenges, including the<strong> logistics of upgrading technology in aging buildings</strong> (Georgetown was founded in 1789) and coordinating with faculty to ensure upgrades didn’t disrupt classrooms.</p> <p><em><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/03/higher-education-invests-wi-fi-technology-smart-campus-projects-perfcon" target="_blank"><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH:</strong> See how Wi-Fi is supporting supports smart campus initiatives.</a></em></p> <h2 id="toc_1">Meraki Dashboard Helps IT Staff Address Rogue Devices</h2> <p>Advanced network solutions also make it easier for IT staff to do their jobs, panelists said. In particular, they cited <strong>greater ease in identifying and managing rogue devices</strong>.</p> <p>“There’s a much greater visibility into the things — not even on your network — but around your network,” Williams said. </p> <p>For example, staff can see that something on the network is behaving like a router, alerting them that a student may be attempting to stand up a prohibited device. </p> <p>“That has been <strong>the exciting part of the Meraki dashboard</strong>, being able to identify those rogue devices and take action quickly,” Benner said. </p> <p>As one audience member said, rogue devices have become “a major issue,” particularly when they create<strong> performance issues that users don’t understand</strong> and, as a result, trigger complaints about the IT service to senior staff or social media. </p> <p>It’s <strong>a problem that’s likely to increase </strong>as users attempt to build their own connected devices, Arnold said. </p> <p>“That’s one area we’re trying to resolve, the Internet of Things,” he said — and how to support all the networked devices here now, and on the way.</p> <p><em>See more of our <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/educause-2019">EDUCAUSE coverage here</a>.</em></p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/higher/author/amy-burroughs" hreflang="en"><img src="/higher/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/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> Thu, 17 Oct 2019 10:31:08 +0000 amy.burroughs_26341 42666 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher EDUCAUSE 2019: New Dell OptiPlex 7070 Ultra Cuts Out Space, not Power https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/media/video/educause-2019-new-dell-optiplex-7070-ultra-cuts-out-space-not-power <span>EDUCAUSE 2019: New Dell OptiPlex 7070 Ultra Cuts Out Space, not Power</span> <div><p>University classrooms and research laboratories don't usually have much room to spare. Check out our show floor hands-on experience with one of Dell's new desktop solutions, designed to help higher education faculty, students and staff save space without negotiating on performance.</p> <p>Check out more of our conference coverage on the <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/educause-2019">EDUCAUSE 2019 Conference hub</a>.</p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Wed, 10/16/2019 - 16:15</span> <div> <div>Tweet text</div> <div>See how @Dell&#039;s new minimalistic desktop can help universities save precious space in their research labs or student spaces. #EDU19</div> </div> <div> <div>Video ID</div> <div><p>1054490387</p> </div> </div> <div> <div>video type</div> <div><a href="/higher/taxonomy/term/7396" hreflang="en">Conference</a></div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Activity ID</div> <div><p>MKT 34108</p> </div> </div> <div> <div>CDW VV2 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cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <!-- Pinterest button is in EdTechk12 theme's horizontal template --> </div> <div> <div>Pull Quote</div> <div> <p class="quote"><a href="/higher/media/video/educause-2019-new-dell-optiplex-7070-ultra-cuts-out-space-not-power"> A lot of times, our users felt that their monitors would last five or six years, but the CPU is what really needed to be refreshed. </a></p> <img src="/higher/sites/edtechmagazine.com.higher/files/styles/photo_quote_thumb/public/2019-10/James%20Cochran.jpg?itok=9LDa2E0E" width="60" height="60" alt="James Cochran" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <p class='speaker'> <span>James Cochran</span> Field Marketing Manager, Dell Technologies </p> </div> </div> Wed, 16 Oct 2019 20:15:39 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 42661 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher EDUCAUSE 2019: Questions Higher Education IT Leaders Should Be Asking Around Security https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/media/video/educause-2019-questions-higher-education-it-leaders-should-be-asking-around-security <span>EDUCAUSE 2019: Questions Higher Education IT Leaders Should Be Asking Around Security</span> <div><p>Answers to frequently asked questions can be helpful, but what happens when important questions are left out of an FAQ? <em>EdTech</em> visited security vendors to find out what infrequently asked questions IT leaders may want to consider when building out their campus security infrastructure.</p> <p>Check out more of our conference coverage on the <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/educause-2019">EDUCAUSE 2019 Conference hub</a>.</p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Wed, 10/16/2019 - 15:23</span> <div> <div>Tweet text</div> <div>At #EDU19, we talked with security experts from @Cisco, @ArubaNetworks and @okta about what #HigherEd IT leaders should be asking when building their security infrastructure.</div> </div> <div> <div>Video ID</div> <div><p>1633952216</p> </div> </div> <div> <div>video type</div> <div><a href="/higher/taxonomy/term/7396" hreflang="en">Conference</a></div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Activity ID</div> <div><p>MKT34108</p> </div> </div> <div> <div>CDW VV2 Strategy</div> <div>Security</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Segment</div> <div>Higher Ed</div> </div> <div> <div>Customer Focused</div> <div>False</div> </div> <div> <div>Event for Tracking</div> <div><a href="/higher/taxonomy/term/11281" hreflang="en">EDUCAUSE</a></div> </div> <div> <div>Buying Cycle</div> <div><a href="/higher/taxonomy/term/7446" hreflang="en">Engagement</a></div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-vertical" data-layout="vertical" data-url="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/media/video/educause-2019-questions-higher-education-it-leaders-should-be-asking-around-security" data-title="At #EDU19, we talked with security experts from @Cisco, @ArubaNetworks and @okta about what #HigherEd IT leaders should be asking when building their security infrastructure." data-via="EdTech_HigherEd" data-button-background="none"> <span> <span>Oct</span> <span>16</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> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/media/video/educause-2019-questions-higher-education-it-leaders-should-be-asking-around-security" data-title="At #EDU19, we talked with security experts from @Cisco, @ArubaNetworks and @okta about what #HigherEd IT leaders should be asking when building their security infrastructure." data-via="EdTech_HigherEd" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="twitter"></span> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="facebook"></span> </div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-counter="true" data-url="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/media/video/educause-2019-questions-higher-education-it-leaders-should-be-asking-around-security" data-title="At #EDU19, we talked with security experts from @Cisco, @ArubaNetworks and @okta about what #HigherEd IT leaders should be asking when building their security infrastructure." data-via="EdTech_HigherEd" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?f=realtime&amp;q=https%3A%2F%2Fedtechmagazine.com%2Fhigher%2Frss.xml%3Fitok%3DObcVnWra%26destination%3D%2Fhigher%2F%253Fitok%253DObcVnWra%26_exception_statuscode%3D404" target="_blank"><span class="pw-box-counter cdw-taboola" data-channel="twitter"></span></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <!-- Pinterest button is in EdTechk12 theme's horizontal template --> </div> <div> <div>Pull Quote</div> <div> <p class="quote"><a href="/higher/media/video/educause-2019-questions-higher-education-it-leaders-should-be-asking-around-security"> At the end of the day, the best thing for security professionals to do is to go with a defense-in-depth strategy.&quot; </a></p> <img src="/higher/sites/edtechmagazine.com.higher/files/styles/photo_quote_thumb/public/2019-10/Ralph%20F%20Okta.jpg?itok=kfn_vQYk" width="60" height="60" alt="Ralph Figueiredo" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <p class='speaker'> <span>Ralph Figueiredo</span> Regional Alliance Director, Okta </p> </div> </div> Wed, 16 Oct 2019 19:23:18 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 42656 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher EDUCAUSE 2019: Smart Solutions Give Small Teams a Platform for Success https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/media/video/educause-2019-smart-solutions-give-small-teams-platform-success <span>EDUCAUSE 2019: Smart Solutions Give Small Teams a Platform for Success</span> <div><p>Small IT teams face the same challenges as large institutions, often without the benefit of specialized staff and big budgets. Often, these professionals wear multiple hats and make the most of technology solutions that make it possible to do more with less. Platforms that enhance visibility across systems and allow staff to collaborate can be a powerful solution.  </p> <p>To stay up to date on all of the news and ideas coming out of EDUCAUSE, follow <em>EdTech</em>'s coverage on the <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/educause-2019">EDUCAUSE 2019 conference hub</a>.</p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/dashboard/amyburroughs26341" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">amy.burroughs_26341</span></span> <span>Wed, 10/16/2019 - 13:55</span> <div> <div>Tweet text</div> <div>Small #IT teams face the same challenges as their larger counterparts, with fewer resources. Here&#039;s how the right platform solution helps them do more with less #EDU19</div> </div> <div> <div>Video ID</div> <div><p>1318742145</p> </div> </div> <div> <div>video type</div> <div><a href="/higher/taxonomy/term/7396" hreflang="en">Conference</a></div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Activity ID</div> <div><p>MKT 34108</p> </div> </div> <div> <div>CDW VV2 Strategy</div> <div>Collaboration</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Segment</div> <div>Higher Ed</div> </div> <div> <div>Customer Focused</div> <div>False</div> </div> <div> <div>Buying Cycle</div> <div><a href="/higher/taxonomy/term/7446" hreflang="en">Engagement</a></div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-vertical" data-layout="vertical" data-url="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/media/video/educause-2019-smart-solutions-give-small-teams-platform-success" data-title="Small #IT teams face the same challenges as their larger counterparts, with fewer resources. Here's how the right platform solution helps them do more with less #EDU19" data-via="EdTech_HigherEd" data-button-background="none"> <span> <span>Oct</span> <span>16</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> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/media/video/educause-2019-smart-solutions-give-small-teams-platform-success" data-title="Small #IT teams face the same challenges as their larger counterparts, with fewer resources. Here's how the right platform solution helps them do more with less #EDU19" data-via="EdTech_HigherEd" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="twitter"></span> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="facebook"></span> </div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-counter="true" data-url="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/media/video/educause-2019-smart-solutions-give-small-teams-platform-success" data-title="Small #IT teams face the same challenges as their larger counterparts, with fewer resources. Here's how the right platform solution helps them do more with less #EDU19" data-via="EdTech_HigherEd" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?f=realtime&amp;q=https%3A%2F%2Fedtechmagazine.com%2Fhigher%2Frss.xml%3Fitok%3DObcVnWra%26destination%3D%2Fhigher%2F%253Fitok%253DObcVnWra%26_exception_statuscode%3D404" target="_blank"><span class="pw-box-counter cdw-taboola" data-channel="twitter"></span></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <!-- Pinterest button is in EdTechk12 theme's horizontal template --> </div> <div> <div>Pull Quote</div> <div> <p class="quote"><a href="/higher/media/video/educause-2019-smart-solutions-give-small-teams-platform-success"> I think it all starts, like I said before, with a real clear, simple, concise plan.&quot; </a></p> <img src="/higher/sites/edtechmagazine.com.higher/files/styles/photo_quote_thumb/public/2019-10/Don%20bryant.jpg?itok=UQSqOBlc" width="60" height="60" alt="Don Bryant" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <p class='speaker'> <span>Don Bryant</span> CISO, University of North Carolina at Pembroke </p> </div> </div> Wed, 16 Oct 2019 17:55:40 +0000 amy.burroughs_26341 42651 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher EDUCAUSE 2019: How Universities Can Create a Data-Guided Campus Culture https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/media/video/educause-2019-how-universities-can-create-data-guided-campus-culture <span>EDUCAUSE 2019: How Universities Can Create a Data-Guided Campus Culture</span> <div><p>Using data analytics to guide campus decisions starts by getting all stakeholders to take ownership and creating a culture of excitement around data.</p> <p>To stay up to date on all of the news and ideas coming out of EDUCAUSE, follow <em>EdTech</em>'s coverage on the <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/educause-2019">EDUCAUSE 2019 conference hub</a>.</p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Wed, 10/16/2019 - 10:23</span> <div> <div>Tweet text</div> <div>At @IUbloomington, IT leaders work to create a campus culture that embraces data as a driver for decision-making. #EDUCAUSE</div> </div> <div> <div>Video ID</div> <div><p>1492425675</p> </div> </div> <div> <div>video type</div> <div><a href="/higher/taxonomy/term/7396" hreflang="en">Conference</a></div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Activity ID</div> <div><p>MKT34108</p> </div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Segment</div> <div>Higher Ed</div> </div> <div> <div>Customer Focused</div> <div>True</div> </div> <div> <div>Event for Tracking</div> <div><a href="/higher/taxonomy/term/11281" hreflang="en">EDUCAUSE</a></div> </div> <div> <div>Buying Cycle</div> <div><a href="/higher/taxonomy/term/7446" hreflang="en">Engagement</a></div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-vertical" data-layout="vertical" data-url="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/media/video/educause-2019-how-universities-can-create-data-guided-campus-culture" data-title="At @IUbloomington, IT leaders work to create a campus culture that embraces data as a driver for decision-making. #EDUCAUSE" data-via="EdTech_HigherEd" data-button-background="none"> <span> <span>Oct</span> <span>16</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> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/media/video/educause-2019-how-universities-can-create-data-guided-campus-culture" data-title="At @IUbloomington, IT leaders work to create a campus culture that embraces data as a driver for decision-making. #EDUCAUSE" data-via="EdTech_HigherEd" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="twitter"></span> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="facebook"></span> </div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-counter="true" data-url="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/media/video/educause-2019-how-universities-can-create-data-guided-campus-culture" data-title="At @IUbloomington, IT leaders work to create a campus culture that embraces data as a driver for decision-making. #EDUCAUSE" data-via="EdTech_HigherEd" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?f=realtime&amp;q=https%3A%2F%2Fedtechmagazine.com%2Fhigher%2Frss.xml%3Fitok%3DObcVnWra%26destination%3D%2Fhigher%2F%253Fitok%253DObcVnWra%26_exception_statuscode%3D404" target="_blank"><span class="pw-box-counter cdw-taboola" data-channel="twitter"></span></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <!-- Pinterest button is in EdTechk12 theme's horizontal template --> </div> <div> <div>Pull Quote</div> <div> <p class="quote"><a href="/higher/media/video/educause-2019-how-universities-can-create-data-guided-campus-culture"> It creates an awareness and debunks myths that faculty may have about their students, or confirms things that they think about their students, but either way they know definitely now&quot; </a></p> <img src="/higher/sites/edtechmagazine.com.higher/files/styles/photo_quote_thumb/public/2019-10/rehrey_george.jpg?itok=chuFjGFK" width="60" height="60" alt="George Rehrey" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <p class='speaker'> <span>George Rehrey</span> Director, Center for Learning Analytics and Student Success, Indiana University Bloomington </p> </div> </div> Wed, 16 Oct 2019 14:23:59 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 42646 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher EDUCAUSE 2019: Top 10 IT Issues List Envisions New Role for CIOs https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/10/educause-2019-top-10-it-issues-list-envisions-new-role-cios <span>EDUCAUSE 2019: Top 10 IT Issues List Envisions New Role for CIOs</span> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/dashboard/amyburroughs26341" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">amy.burroughs_26341</span></span> <span>Wed, 10/16/2019 - 09:29</span> <div><p>As EDUCAUSE conducted research to develop <a href="https://www.educause.edu/research-and-publications/research/top-10-it-issues-technologies-and-trends/2020" target="_blank">this year’s Top 10 IT Issues list</a>, the organization facilitated lots of conversation among member panelists and leaders at their institutions.</p> <p>Of note in those discussions was this directive: “We said, ‘<strong>This is not a conversation about IT</strong>, and it’s not a conversation about technology. This is a conversation about your institution and higher education,’” said Susan Grajek, vice president for communities and research at EDUCAUSE.</p> <p>Ultimately, those conversations and supporting research coalesced into this year’s list, organized under the theme of <strong>“Simplify, Sustain, Innovate: The Drive to Digital Transformation Begins.” </strong></p> <p>Grajek and four of the 24 panelists discussed their findings on Tuesday at the annual EDUCAUSE Conference in Chicago. While information security strategy again topped the list, followed by privacy, several of the issues fall under the broad umbrella of<strong> <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/02/digital-transformation-quest-rethink-campus-operations">digital transformation and the challenges it seeks to address</a></strong><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/02/digital-transformation-quest-rethink-campus-operations">.</a></p> <p>The list includes, in descending order of importance, information security strategy, privacy, sustainable funding, digital integrations, student retention and completion, student-centric higher education, improved enrollment, higher education affordability, administrative simplification and the integrative CIO.</p> <p><a href="https://twitter.com/EdTech_HigherEd" target="_blank"><em><strong>JOIN THE CONVERSATION:</strong> Follow @EdTech_HigherEd on Twitter for continued EDUCAUSE coverage.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">IT Issues Speak to Simplification, Sustainability and Innovation</h2> <p>Issues that reflect the “simplify” theme address the difficulty of finding the resources to pursue digital transformation amid legacy systems that are cumbersome and inefficient, Grajek said.</p> <p>“How can we find the bandwidth to innovate when the current <strong>systems and processes are so complex and convoluted</strong>? How do we give a good experience to end users, students, when they’ve got to use those convoluted systems and processes?” she asked.</p> <p>In keeping with those questions, she presented research that showed institutions are increasing their focus on user-centered design, from <strong>33 percent</strong> in a 2018 survey to<strong> 39 percent</strong> this year.</p> <p>She also observed that many higher education leaders are more than willing to tackle barriers in the way of transformation: “<strong>You’re ready to break down silos</strong>. That’s not anathema anymore.”</p> <p>Another theme, “sustain,” encompasses security and privacy concerns, as well as the need for sustainable funding and higher education affordability.</p> <p>Here, too, surveys show evidence of change in supporting technologies. In 2018, for example, just <strong>11 percent</strong> of institutions were using information security analytics; today, that stands at 39 percent. Use of cloud-based security services is up from <strong>35 percent</strong> to <strong>55 percent</strong>.</p> <p>“That’s the big story, isn’t it?” Grajek said. “In our conversations with the panelists, they talked a lot about the availability of new technologies to apply to managing information security, so that’s big news.”</p> <p>Looking forward, panelists said they’d like to see institutions <strong><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/07/5-best-practices-forge-data-governance-framework-perfcon">adopt common data frameworks</a> </strong>that can support a range of initiatives.</p> <p>“We see <strong>data as a new currency for the institution</strong>, so we have to develop a sustainable strategy for both our currencies — data and financial — that sustain,” said Grajek.The third theme, “innovate,” focuses on recruitment, enrollment and retention efforts that are personalized and student-focused. Institutions are tapping various tools to advance these areas, from mobile devices to digital microcredentials and Internet of Things devices.</p> <p>“There’s quite a bit of <strong>movement in these really cutting-edge areas</strong>,” Grajek said.</p> <p>Panelists said they envisioned a future in which different types of institutions, each focused on a different type of learner, would deliver an experience and <strong><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/02/university-leaders-should-expect-a-shift-in-measurement-of-learning-outcomes">success metrics</a> that are more nuanced and relevant</strong> to students, she said. </p> <p><em><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/04/challenges-stall-more-half-digital-transformation-initiatives" target="_blank"><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH:</strong></a> </em><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/04/challenges-stall-more-half-digital-transformation-initiatives" target="_blank"><em>See why digital transformation projects often fail — and how to move them forward.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_1">A More Strategic Role Could Position CIOs to Tackle Broad Goals</h2> <p>Finally, panelists prioritized a new role for CIOs that is more integrated with senior leadership and in a position to<strong> exercise influence in strategic decisions</strong>.</p> <p>Making that happen, Grajek noted, is a chicken-or-egg dynamic: Do institutions need to recognize that CIOs can make valuable strategic contributions, or do CIOs need to start making those contributions so institutions will recognize their value? “It’s probably a little bit of both,” she said.</p> <p>Expanding the CIO role could be <strong>the most far-reaching item on the list</strong>, said Kellie Campbell, CTO at <a href="https://www.vtc.edu/" target="_blank">Vermont Technical College</a>. “Can we really hit the other challenges without this priority?” she asked.</p> <p>IT leaders who aren’t having strategic conversations will be far less likely to be able to move other goals forward, or have access to a macro-level understanding of the issues institutions face and how IT can help solve them.</p> <p>Opinder Bawa, vice president and CIO at the <a href="https://www.usfca.edu/" target="_blank">University of San Francisco</a>, called for a dramatic re-envisioning of the CIO’s role, arguing that a successful shift could have <strong>a formidable effect on technology funding</strong>.</p> <p>“Historically, IT has been viewed as a cost center, and we’ve been funded as such,” he said.</p> <p>In today’s environment, Bawa said, IT leaders should consider themselves an integral part of the business of running a university, with <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/10/meeting-educational-demands-generation-z">one customer in mind: the student</a>. Leaders who can<strong> articulate the business value of technology</strong> will find that funding becomes less of a challenge, he said.</p> <p>Meanwhile, institutions have room to grow in creating that student-centered ecosystem, said Sasi Pillay, vice president of IT services and CIO at <a href="https://wsu.edu/" target="_blank">Washington State University</a>. While colleges may have ample data and ideas, many stall when it comes to execution, he said, in part because they <strong>lack an integrated view of the student experience</strong>.</p> <p>A big step forward would be to develop systems that deliver just-in-time remediation to any aspect of students’ experiences that could affect their success, including academic performance, financial capability, a sense of belonging, and health and wellness.</p> <p>“We have to <strong>think more holistically about what we are trying to do</strong>,” Pillay said.</p> <p><em>See more of our <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/educause-2019">EDUCAUSE coverage here</a>.</em></p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/higher/author/amy-burroughs" hreflang="en"><img src="/higher/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/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, 16 Oct 2019 13:29:03 +0000 amy.burroughs_26341 42641 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher EDUCAUSE 2019: In OmniSOC, Colleges Build a Stronger Defense, Together https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/10/educause-2019-omnisoc-colleges-build-stronger-defense-together <span>EDUCAUSE 2019: In OmniSOC, Colleges Build a Stronger Defense, Together</span> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/dashboard/amyburroughs26341" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">amy.burroughs_26341</span></span> <span>Wed, 10/16/2019 - 08:03</span> <div><p>As higher education leaders address one of the most pressing concerns on campus — the threat of a cybersecurity breach that causes financial, reputational and individual damage — <strong>some institutions are joining forces</strong> by establishing security operations centers.</p> <p>SOCs help colleges scale security operations and leverage the power of aggregated data for the purpose of speeding up threat detection and response. <a href="https://omnisoc.iu.edu/" target="_blank">OmniSOC</a>, <strong>one of the first such efforts</strong>, was launched by <a href="https://www.iu.edu/" target="_blank">Indiana</a>, <a href="https://www.northwestern.edu/" target="_blank">Northwestern</a>, <a href="https://www.purdue.edu/" target="_blank">Purdue</a> and <a href="https://www.rutgers.edu/" target="_blank">Rutgers</a> universities and the <a href="https://www.unl.edu/" target="_blank">University of Nebraska</a> in 2018.</p> <p>Rick Haugerud, assistant vice president for information security at the University of Nebraska; Michele Norin, senior vice president and CIO at Rutgers University; and Sean Reynolds, vice president and CIO at Northwestern University, discussed this model on Tuesday in “CISOs and CIOs Collaborate to Mitigate Cyberrisk: The OmniSOC,” presented in Chicago <strong>at the annual EDUCAUSE Conference</strong>.</p> <p>They were joined by Tom Davis, founding executive director and CISO at OmniSOC, which is housed at IU.</p> <p><a href="https://twitter.com/EdTech_HigherEd" target="_blank"><em><strong>JOIN THE CONVERSATION:</strong> Follow @EdTech_HigherEd on Twitter for continued EDUCAUSE coverage.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">Data Aggregation Gives Member Institutions Another Layer of Security</h2> <p>The goal of OmniSOC is to help members <strong>reduce the time from the first detection of a threat</strong> anywhere to mitigation everywhere, Reynolds said. They do that by creating a system for real-time information-sharing (think firewall and Domain Name Service logs, among others), paired with additional analysis that supplements existing efforts on campus.</p> <p><strong>Given the complexity and pace of cybersecurity threats</strong>, said Reynolds, “Our traditional response of local, on-campus SOCs isn’t sufficient in a world of Big Data, analytics and the opportunity to automate responses.”</p> <p>By aggregating threat activity and intelligence, however, <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/08/colleges-manage-and-minimize-security-threats-advanced-solutions-peer-networks">institutions can establish a defense</a>, together, that’s stronger than any university would be on its own.</p> <p>“Detect and respond — <strong>that’s where OmniSOC comes into play</strong>,” Haugerud said, referring to the third and fourth functions in the <a href="https://www.nist.gov/cyberframework/online-learning/five-functions" target="_blank">National Institute of Standards and Technology Cybersecurity Framework</a>. “We believe there are enough commonalities in higher education that detect and respond can be automated more precisely because of the similarities in the things that we do.”</p> <p>In one case, malicious traffic from China that sought to exploit the networked interface of a security camera at Rutgers was detected, Norin said. That information flowed to OmniSOC, which analyzed the data and helped Rutgers identify the responsible party, so it could notify them and apply appropriate firmware.</p> <p>That’s a win for the institution, of course, but the strength of OmniSOC is that <strong>these findings can also help other universities</strong>, Norin said.</p> <p>“The other opportunity here is the OmniSOC now can notify partnering schools around a threat,” she said. “Something that happened to us might also be happening to other schools in the program, and they will be able to share that information out as well.”</p> <p>Member institutions also benefit from the sheer amount of data to which OmniSOC has access, Davis noted. That allows analysts to provide not only alerts, but also the contextual information that <strong>makes it easier to identify a threat</strong> — for example, “this is what it looks like when it hits,” he said.</p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/10/6-ways-fortify-your-campus-against-phishing-attacks" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH:</strong> Check out six ways to fortify your campus against phishing.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_1">Security Operations Centers Collaborate with On-Campus Teams</h2> <p>A key point that panelists made is that the OmniSOC doesn’t replace on-campus security — far from it. Haugerud described OmniSOC’s engineers and other staff as “extensions of our team,” a relationship bolstered by regular meetings and conversations.</p> <p>“We still do our own threat detection. They are an expanded level of information, so they enhance what we’re doing,” Norin emphasized. “We’re adamant about the fact that <strong>this is really a collaborative effort</strong>.”</p> <p>It’s that collaboration, she said, that allows OmniSOC members to move as quickly as they do when a threat arises.</p> <p>OmniSOC also has an internship program designed to give students experience in cybersecurity and, ideally, help to <strong>develop a pipeline of future professionals</strong>. It is also collaborating with institutions to facilitate research into cybersecurity and cyber infrastructure.</p> <p><em>See more of our <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/educause-2019">EDUCAUSE coverage here</a>.</em></p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/higher/author/amy-burroughs" hreflang="en"><img src="/higher/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/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, 16 Oct 2019 12:03:19 +0000 amy.burroughs_26341 42636 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher Winter 2019 https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/magazine/issue/2019/10/winter-2019 <span>Winter 2019</span> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Tue, 10/15/2019 - 15:17</span> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-vertical" data-layout="vertical" data-url="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/magazine/issue/2019/10/winter-2019" data-title="Winter 2019" data-via="EdTech_HigherEd" data-button-background="none"> <span> <span>Oct</span> <span>15</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> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-counter="true" data-url="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/magazine/issue/2019/10/winter-2019" data-title="Winter 2019" data-via="EdTech_HigherEd" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?f=realtime&amp;q=https%3A%2F%2Fedtechmagazine.com%2Fhigher%2Frss.xml%3Fitok%3DObcVnWra%26destination%3D%2Fhigher%2F%253Fitok%253DObcVnWra%26_exception_statuscode%3D404" target="_blank"><span class="pw-box-counter cdw-taboola" data-channel="twitter"></span></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <!-- Pinterest button is in EdTechk12 theme's horizontal template --> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/magazine/issue/2019/10/winter-2019" data-title="Winter 2019" data-via="EdTech_HigherEd" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="twitter"></span> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="facebook"></span> </div> </div> Tue, 15 Oct 2019 19:17:12 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 42631 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher