EdTech Magazine - Technology Solutions That Drive Education https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/rss.xml en 4 Steps to a More Secure Higher Education Network https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/08/4-steps-more-secure-higher-education-network <span>4 Steps to a More Secure Higher Education Network</span> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/higher/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Fri, 08/16/2019 - 13:10</span> <div><p>Education institutions are among the most common targets for cyberattacks, which means <strong>universities will need to be prepared </strong>when bad actors try to breach their networks. </p> <p>A <a href="https://www.mimecast.com/resources/press-releases/dates/2019/8/new-mimecast-report-reveals-analysis-of-67-billion-rejected-emails/" target="_blank">recent report</a> IT security company Mimecast found universities reported <strong>nine times as many cyberattacks-per-user</strong> compared to an average of all industries and was the second most common target for spam attacks. </p> <p>In 2019 so far, hackers have targeted 62 universities, <a href="https://www.zdnet.com/article/hackers-target-62-us-colleges-by-exploiting-erp-vulnerability/" target="_blank">ZDNet reports</a>. While these attempts were not successful, the threat of an incoming attack is no longer a possibility, but an inevitability.</p> <p>“As security people like to say, it’s not a question of whether you’ll be attacked, it’s when,” Edward Bowen, CIO of <a href="https://www.fandm.edu/" target="_blank">Franklin and Marshall College</a>, <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/08/colleges-manage-and-minimize-security-threats-advanced-solutions-peer-networks" target="_blank">told <em>EdTech</em></a>. “Everybody is a target, even smaller schools like ours.”</p> <p>In order to keep students, staff and faculty safe, universities will need to <strong>double down not just on security tools, but their dedication to developing users’ skills to detect network threats</strong>.</p> <p><a data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/orchestration/cyber-security-report.html?cm_mmc=Vanity-_-SecurityReport-_-NA-_-022017" target="_blank"><img alt="Cybersecurity-report_EasyTarget.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://edtechmagazine.com/sites/biztechmagazine.com/files/uploads/Cybersecurity-report_EasyTarget.jpg" /></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">Steps to Take to Ensure Networks Are Safe</h2> <p>Technology can only take you so far. Cyber defense in depth is more about how leaders share information and organize their response to threats as they arise.</p> <ol><li> <p><strong>Educate users:</strong> The biggest vulnerability on every network is sitting at the keyboard. Training users to avoid phishing scams and other social engineering attacks is the first step toward a more secure environment.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Involve all stakeholders: </strong>Representatives from every campus group, from administration and facilities to communications and IT, should meet to analyze potential risks and create policies to address them.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Collaborate with peers: </strong>Sharing security alerts and threat information with other institutions can help IT identify attacks more quickly and mitigate them before they are able to spread.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Practice incident response: </strong>Blended physical and cybersecurity incidents are on the rise. Members from each team should meet at least annually to map out responses to security incidents.</p> </li> </ol><p>To learn more about how colleges are approaching cybersecurity threats, check out “<a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/08/colleges-manage-and-minimize-security-threats-advanced-solutions-peer-networks">Colleges Manage and Minimize Security Threats via Advanced Solutions, Peer Networks</a>.”</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/higher/author/dan-tynan" hreflang="en"><img src="/higher/sites/edtechmagazine.com.higher/files/styles/face_small/public/dan-tynan-180.jpg?itok=mnbuJzub" width="58" height="58" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/higher/author/dan-tynan"> <div>Dan Tynan</div> </a> <a target="_blank" class="google-plus" href="http://plus.google.com/102093055760798427858/posts?rel=author"><span>Google+</span></a> <a target="_blank" class="twitter" href="https://twitter.com/intent/follow?region=follow_link&amp;screen_name=tynanwrites&amp;tw_p=followbutton&amp;variant=2.0"><span>Twitter</span></a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Dan Tynan is a freelance writer based in San Francisco. He has won numerous journalism awards and his work has appeared in more than 70 publications, several of them not yet dead.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 16 Aug 2019 17:10:08 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 42411 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher How to Ensure IT Upgrades Achieve Long-Term Success https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/08/how-ensure-it-upgrades-achieve-long-term-success <span>How to Ensure IT Upgrades Achieve Long-Term Success</span> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/higher/k12/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Wed, 08/14/2019 - 08:35</span> <div><p>Implementing ambitious tech upgrades and enhancements creates both excitement and challenges for higher education IT departments. Once installation of the upgrade is complete, one of the biggest challenges begins: <strong>ensuring upgrades are infused into the curricula and the campus culture</strong>.</p> <p>These best practices will ensure IT investments receive the ongoing support they need to be successful.</p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/07/qa-william-allison-best-practices-summer-upgrade-programs" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH: </strong>Check out how the University of California, Berkeley approached its summer upgrades program.</em></a></p> <h2>Be Transparent About the Scope and Impact of IT Initiatives</h2> <p>Any change, particularly regarding tools in the workplace, can induce fear and concern. For faculty, questions often focus on how any new technologies will affect their day-to-day work and, in some cases, their role on campus. </p> <p>At <a href="https://www.loc.edu/" target="_blank">LeMoyne-Owen College</a> in Memphis, the installation of new software, AdvisorTrac, <strong>raised resistance among some member of the staff and faculty</strong>, says Terrell Strayhorn, vice president for academic and student affairs. </p> <p>They “were afraid it would cost them their job, or it would be so complicated that their job would change dramatically and leave them stressed and overwhelmed,” he says. “We were transparent and <strong>helped the academic advisers know why we needed the upgrade</strong> and why the new software was the best solution.” </p> <p>Ensuring transparency and offering a consistent message, periodic status updates and solid timelines with training, helped to ease fears. </p> <h2 id="toc_1">Build Professional Development into Ed Tech Rollouts</h2> <p>Another strategy to ensure tech upgrades stick is to be explicit about the intended benefits of the changes. </p> <p>“We included the staff from the beginning and sent them through <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/management/professional-development">rigorous professional development</a> that we curated for faculty in-house in order to instill a sense of empowerment,” says Taylor Bell, a senior instructional technology specialist at <a href="https://www.maryville.edu/" target="_blank">Maryville University of Saint Louis</a>. “In an environment where faculty <strong>feel supported and comfortable asking questions</strong>, they come to recognize the goal of the change is to enhance the learning experience, not to change the way teaching and learning work.”</p> <p>Maryville’s objective was to facilitate the university’s one-to-one <a href="https://www.cdw.com/product/apple-9.7-inch-ipad-wi-fi-6th-generation-tablet-128-gb-9.7/5035163" target="_blank">iPad</a> device program, known as Digital World. Every incoming full-time undergraduate student receives a complimentary iPad and <a href="https://www.cdw.com/product/apple-pencil-stylus/3870038" target="_blank">Apple Pencil</a>. To help <strong>further the mission of creating an active-learning ecosystem, faculty were given the same tools</strong>.</p> <p><a data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/orchestration/digital-transformation-trends.html" target="_blank"><img alt="Digital%20Transformation_IR_1.jpg" src="/sites/healthtechmagazine.net/files/Digital%20Transformation_IR_1.jpg" /></a></p> <h2 id="toc_2">Enlist Stakeholders in Pre- and Post-Implementation Evaluation</h2> <p>As the saying goes, seeing is believing. So, while communication is key, pulling the curtain back to bring stakeholders into the process can answer questions, <strong>allay fears and even create excitement</strong>. </p> <p>“Vendors came to the school and offered demos,” says Strayhorn. “Staff got their hands on the software and saw it didn’t require a huge learning curve. They could see the value it would add to the advising process.” </p> <p>Evidence of positive impact is also a way to ensure buy-in. At Maryville, the upgrade happened over an extended time period. Along the way, Bell says, the team “collected data that indicated <strong>improvement in engagement, student performance and retention</strong>.” </p> <p>While a long implementation period is atypical, providing evidence of success can help to maintain momentum and ongoing buy-in. “At LeMoyne-Owen College, we provided compelling data that suggested the need,” says Strayhorn, “then we showed how the new system could provide significant improvement.”</p> <p>In addition to getting educators on board, <strong>best practices like these can help to maintain post-deployment momentum</strong>. IT investments are an important part of any higher education budget, and thoughtful planning of technology implementations can help to ensure they achieve the desired returns.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/higher/higher/k12/taxonomy/term/11886" hreflang="en"><img src="/higher/higher/k12/sites/edtechmagazine.com.higher/files/styles/face_small/public/people/Larry%20Bernstein.jpg?itok=_FwA4534" width="58" height="58" alt="Larry Bernstein" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/higher/higher/k12/taxonomy/term/11886"> <div>Larry Bernstein</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Larry is a freelance writer, author, and educator. He has taught English at both the high school and college level, and worked with struggling writers.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 14 Aug 2019 12:35:06 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 42406 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher Fall 2019 https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/magazine/issue/2019/8/fall-2019 <span>Fall 2019</span> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Tue, 08/13/2019 - 14:03</span> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-vertical" data-layout="vertical" data-url="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/magazine/issue/2019/8/fall-2019" data-title="Fall 2019" data-via="EdTech_HigherEd" data-button-background="none"> <span> <span>Aug</span> <span>13</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/2019/8/fall-2019" data-title="Fall 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%3DXMuZHGnf%26destination%3D%2Fhigher%2F%253Fitok%253DXMuZHGnf%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/2019/8/fall-2019" data-title="Fall 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, 13 Aug 2019 18:03:35 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 42401 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher Q&A: How Rush University Creates a Center for Lifelike Learning https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/08/qa-how-rush-university-creates-center-lifelike-learning <span>Q&amp;A: How Rush University Creates a Center for Lifelike Learning</span> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/higher/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Tue, 08/13/2019 - 11:39</span> <div><p>The <a href="https://www.rushu.rush.edu/education-and-training/rush-center-clinical-skills-and-simulation" target="_blank">Rush Center for Clinical Skills and Simulation</a>, part of Chicago’s <a href="https://www.rushu.rush.edu/" target="_blank">Rush University</a>, is designed to help faculty achieve a critical mission: teaching students in four separate colleges the skills they’ll need throughout their medical careers. </p> <p>To do that, the <strong>20,000-square-foot facility</strong> includes an array of technologies: interactive projectors, audiovisual collectors, high-fidelity adult and pediatric manikins, body part simulators for practicing skills such as intubation and catheter placement, <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/08/early-adopters-pioneer-virtual-reality-use-higher-education">3D virtual reality trainers</a>, and an AV data capture system that helps students learn how to interact with patients. Twelve clinic exam rooms provide a realistic learning environment and space to test new technologies. </p> <p>To get the details right during the facility’s two-phase build-out, RCCSS’s two medical directors, Dr. Michelle Sergel and Michael Kremer, who has a Ph.D. in nursing, worked closely with the project architect, program manager and construction team. </p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/higher/author/jacquelyn-bengfort" hreflang="en"><img src="/higher/sites/edtechmagazine.com.higher/files/styles/face_small/public/people/Screen%20Shot%202015-08-24%20at%2010.46.40%20PM.png.jpg?itok=0Wu86nnL" width="58" height="58" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/higher/author/jacquelyn-bengfort"> <div>Jacquelyn Bengfort</div> </a> <a target="_blank" class="twitter" href="https://twitter.com/intent/follow?region=follow_link&amp;screen_name=jacib&amp;tw_p=followbutton&amp;variant=2.0"><span>Twitter</span></a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Jacquelyn Bengfort is a freelance writer based in Washington, DC. A social anthropologist by training, she writes on topics from education to the military, gender to fictional post-apocalyptic worldscapes.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 13 Aug 2019 15:39:26 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 42396 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher Get University Users on Board with New IT Software Initiatives https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/08/get-university-users-board-new-it-software-initiatives <span>Get University Users on Board with New IT Software Initiatives</span> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Mon, 08/12/2019 - 14:18</span> <div><p>Old operating systems. Ancient access points. Storage standstills. When enough is enough, it’s time for an overhaul.</p> <p>Whether <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/07/qa-william-allison-best-practices-summer-upgrade-programs">upgrading software</a> or <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/09/how-colleges-can-overcome-top-cloud-migration-challenges">moving to the cloud</a>, major migrations serve to integrate technology seamlessly into operations while <strong>maintaining security and setting a foundation for the future</strong>. </p> <p>“It’s about tapping into innovation to enable a better experience for the end-user — faculty, staff and students,” says Mark Bowker, a senior analyst with Enterprise Strategy Group.</p> <p>The universities profiled here tackled three varieties of migrations, but all did so with a <strong>methodical, strategic approach that included technical risk assessment and ample communication</strong>.</p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/05/2019-deans-list-edtechs-30-must-read-higher-education-it-influencers" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH:</strong> To hear from some of the most notable higher education experts on the web, check out this year's list of top influencers.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">Tiered Migration Plan Supports Florida State’s Windows 10 Upgrade</h2> <p>As most CIOs know, <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/microsoft-interstitial.html?enkwrd=Microsoft" target="_blank">Microsoft</a>’s Windows 7 support comes to an end in January. Most colleges have <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/01/5-questions-ask-your-campus-windows-10-migration">moved to Windows 10</a>, but for those who haven’t (or those anticipating another software switch), <a href="https://www.fsu.edu/" target="_blank">Florida State University</a>’s approach can provide guidance.</p> <p>When FSU began migrating to Windows 10 in the fall of 2016, Alex Morales, associate director of IT services and head of computer technology support, helped to lead the initiative. </p> <p>The change was important not only because of Windows 7’s impending end of life, he says, but also because the university <strong>needed a cloud-ready OS that incorporated <a href="https://www.cdw.com/product/ms-onedrive-for-business-plan-1-from-cdw/4053786?pfm=srh" target="_blank">OneDrive for Business</a>.</strong> </p> <p>Morales and his team created a plan that first addressed university-owned and -managed machines.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/higher/higher/k12/author/erika-gimbel" hreflang="en"><img src="/higher/higher/k12/sites/edtechmagazine.com.higher/files/styles/face_small/public/people/erika-gimbel.jpg?itok=COBsR_2x" width="58" height="58" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/higher/higher/k12/author/erika-gimbel"> <div>Erika Gimbel</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Erika Gimbel is a Chicago-based freelance writer who specializes in B2B technology innovation and educational technology.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 12 Aug 2019 18:18:17 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 42391 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher For Better Problem-Solving, Take Advantage of IT Colleagues https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/08/better-problem-solving-take-advantage-it-colleagues <span>For Better Problem-Solving, Take Advantage of IT Colleagues</span> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/dashboard/amyburroughs26341" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">amy.burroughs_26341</span></span> <span>Thu, 08/08/2019 - 11:26</span> <div><p>At most institutions, the common wisdom among staff and leaders alike is that if only the budgets were larger, the problems would be smaller. </p> <p>There’s some truth to that, but most of us recognize that there’s also an element of wishful thinking. Challenges will always exist, especially in a field as eternally in flux as IT.</p> <p>In many ways, that’s a good thing. Obstacles are often the proverbial blessing in disguise, <strong>pushing us to chart a new course</strong> or to reassess legacy systems with an eye toward improvement. In the best case, challenges prompt colleagues to find better ways of working together, because that’s what it takes to solve the problem at hand. </p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/07/ai-has-potential-ease-campus-budget-burdens" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH:</strong> See how colleges are using AI to support administrative functions on campus.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">Oregon State Drives Innovation with Collaboration and Teamwork</h2> <p>The power of momentum often starts with just <strong>one person who is inspired to do something different</strong> and to enlist others in the endeavor.</p> <p>Tim De Quilettes, the IT director for <a href="https://osubeavers.com/" target="_blank">Oregon State University Athletics</a>, could have settled for the traditional array of technology support, such as running the data center and handling service requests. His department still performs those services, of course, but he has gone further, <strong>building an entrepreneurial team</strong> that asks how it can <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/08/data-analytics-helps-college-coaches-and-athletes-optimize-training-and-performance">use IT to make a notable difference to athletes</a> and coaches.</p> <p>Their success, powered by innovative applications of data analytics, has multiplied as they’ve partnered with colleagues both inside and outside the athletics department. </p> <p><strong>Savvy leaders also bring staff together</strong> to facilitate the sharing of insights and expertise ­— often, specifically for the goal of overcoming a common obstacle. As IT leaders have found themselves in need of more expert-level skills to support cloud deployments, many have used peer-to-peer networking as a ready resource. </p> <p>As <a href="https://www.cornell.edu/" target="_blank">Cornell University’s</a> Sarah Christen notes, describing her efforts to <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/04/optimize-cloud-deployments-close-skills-gap-perfcon">minimize the cloud skills gap</a> on her campus through collaboration, “We solve problems together rather than reinvent the wheel every time.”</p> <p>Given the reality that budgets are limited, we should embrace any measure that can <strong>ease our collective burden without costing a cent</strong>. Joining forces, sharing ideas, applying more brainpower to the problem at hand — all of these strategies cost nothing, yet yield so much. The power of partnership, after all, is priceless.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/higher/higher/higher/k12/author/ryan-petersen" hreflang="en"><img src="/higher/higher/higher/k12/sites/edtechmagazine.com.higher/files/styles/face_small/public/ryan-petersen-2013-headshot.jpg?itok=iV6msfy0" width="58" height="58" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/higher/higher/higher/k12/author/ryan-petersen"> <div>Ryan Petersen</div> </a> <a target="_blank" class="google-plus" href="https://plus.google.com/110888965639568833839/posts?rel=author"><span>Google+</span></a> <a target="_blank" class="twitter" href="https://twitter.com/intent/follow?region=follow_link&amp;screen_name=RyanPete&amp;tw_p=followbutton&amp;variant=2.0"><span>Twitter</span></a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Ryan has been a magazine and newspaper editor for 18 years, with the last 12 covering a variety of bases for CDW’s family of tech magazines. As Editor in Chief, he works on developing editorial strategy and is always on the lookout for new writing talent and sharing great stories with the IT world. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys spending time with his family, biking and obsessively following Iowa Hawkeye sports and Cubs baseball.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 08 Aug 2019 15:26:09 +0000 amy.burroughs_26341 42386 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher Data Analytics Helps College Coaches and Athletes Optimize Training and Performance https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/08/data-analytics-helps-college-coaches-and-athletes-optimize-training-and-performance <span>Data Analytics Helps College Coaches and Athletes Optimize Training and Performance</span> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/dashboard/rickyribeiro" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">ricky.ribeiro</span></span> <span>Tue, 08/06/2019 - 12:13</span> <div><p>Like most coaches in Division I collegiate baseball, those at <a href="https://oregonstate.edu/" target="_blank" title="Oregon State University">Oregon State University</a> are keenly interested in game-related data. Statistics have long been essential to the sport, key to understanding each player’s potential impact on any given day.</p> <p>Yet over the course of the past year or so, as the OSU Beavers — the 2018 national champs — have continued to play and train, this interest has grown into a near obsession. Data is central to coaches’ preparation — and, they believe, key to the team’s success.</p> <p>“It’s not that the data wasn’t there in the past,” says Tim De Quilettes, IT director for Oregon State University Athletics. “But now we have tools that let them see it more holistically and really dig deep into the analytics.”</p> <p>De Quilettes, hired by OSU to join its Data and Media Infrastructure Team, has since 2017 divided his attention between “normal IT support work” and what he describes as a <strong>departmentwide effort to “revolutionize how technology is used in intercollegiate athletics.”</strong></p> <p>As part of that initiative, his staff elected to rely on two solutions from <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/product/power-bi-pro-subscription-license-1-year-1-user/3799971?pfm=srh" target="_blank" title="Microsoft Power BI">Microsoft: Power BI</a>, a cloud-based business analytics service, and SharePoint, an online collaboration platform.</p> <p><strong>Power BI lets them collect, filter and analyze a wide range of data from the university’s athletic teams</strong>, while <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/product/microsoft-sharepoint-server-license-1-server/3446591?pfm=srh" target="_blank" title="Microsoft Sharepoint">SharePoint </a>creates easy-to-read dashboards that coaches use to view Power BI reports. At the program’s launch, De Quilettes recalls, the volume of data being collected was relatively small. But soon, as more teams got involved, his staff bolstered its <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/product/dell-emc-isilon-x410-nas-server-69.6-tb/4038882?enkwrd=Dell+EMC+Isilon" target="_blank" title="Dell EMC Isilon">Dell EMC Isilon</a> data storage system by investing in the company’s Unity platform as well.</p> <p>“To do what we wanted and to host the technologies we implemented, we had to have a robust infrastructure,” he says.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/higher/higher/author/chris-hayhurst"> <div>Chris Hayhurst</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Chris Hayhurst is a contributor to the CDW family of technology magazines.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 06 Aug 2019 16:13:45 +0000 ricky.ribeiro 42381 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher Colleges Manage and Minimize Security Threats via Advanced Solutions, Peer Networks https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/08/colleges-manage-and-minimize-security-threats-advanced-solutions-peer-networks <span>Colleges Manage and Minimize Security Threats via Advanced Solutions, Peer Networks</span> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/dashboard/philgoldstein6191" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">phil.goldstein_6191</span></span> <span>Tue, 08/06/2019 - 11:58</span> <div><p><a href="https://www.fandm.edu/" target="_blank">Franklin &amp; Marshall College</a> may be 232 years old, but it has a thoroughly modern approach to cybersecurity.</p> <p>Today, F&amp;M protects its network with <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/brand/paloalto.html" target="_blank">Palo Alto Networks</a> firewall appliances, <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/landing-pages/splunk.html" target="_blank">Splunk</a> SIEM software to audit security logs and <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/search/?key=duo%20security&amp;searchscope=all&amp;sr=1" target="_blank">Duo security solutions</a>. The technology is the easy part of cybersecurity, says CISO Alan Bowen. </p> <p>The bigger challenge, he says, is <strong>creating a holistic strategy, with input from major stakeholders</strong>.</p> <p>“Ultimately, none of us are equipped to make these decisions in a vacuum,” he says. “The first thing we did at F&amp;M was develop <strong>a governance council</strong> to handle the policy, strategy and mission of our information security program.”</p> <p>After evaluating various security frameworks, the council adopted the <a href="https://www.cisecurity.org/controls/" target="_blank">Center for Internet Security’s Critical Security Controls</a>. Then it began measuring the college’s practices against that framework. </p> <p>As guidance, Bowen identified <strong>171 questions in 20 categories</strong> the council needed to address.</p> <p>“For each of those control questions, we discussed and ultimately gauged where we think we are and what we thought we could achieve,” he says. “This was a time-consuming undertaking, and the council does not look forward to our annual framework update, but its importance to our security posture can’t be overstated.”</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/higher/author/dan-tynan" hreflang="en"><img src="/higher/sites/edtechmagazine.com.higher/files/styles/face_small/public/dan-tynan-180.jpg?itok=mnbuJzub" width="58" height="58" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/higher/author/dan-tynan"> <div>Dan Tynan</div> </a> <a target="_blank" class="google-plus" href="http://plus.google.com/102093055760798427858/posts?rel=author"><span>Google+</span></a> <a target="_blank" class="twitter" href="https://twitter.com/intent/follow?region=follow_link&amp;screen_name=tynanwrites&amp;tw_p=followbutton&amp;variant=2.0"><span>Twitter</span></a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Dan Tynan is a freelance writer based in San Francisco. He has won numerous journalism awards and his work has appeared in more than 70 publications, several of them not yet dead.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 06 Aug 2019 15:58:32 +0000 phil.goldstein_6191 42376 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher Academics vs. Entertainment: How Colleges Manage Competing Demands on the Network https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/08/academics-vs-entertainment-how-colleges-manage-competing-demands-network <span>Academics vs. Entertainment: How Colleges Manage Competing Demands on the Network</span> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/dashboard/rickyribeiro-2" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Andrew.Steger_dMrq</span></span> <span>Tue, 08/06/2019 - 10:40</span> <div><p>In the course of a 2016 study, <a href="https://www.purdue.edu/" target="_blank">Purdue University</a> officials discovered that only <strong>4 percent</strong> of all internet traffic at a life sciences academic building was going to academic sites.</p> <p><strong>Sixty-two percent </strong>went to sites such as <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/brand/google.html" target="_blank">Google</a>, <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/brand/apple.html" target="_blank">Apple</a> and Amazon. Another <strong>34 percent </strong>went to clearly nonacademic — and bandwidth-intensive — sites such as Netflix, Hulu and the gaming platform Steam.</p> <p>“We were hearing complaints about instructors being unable to use certain technologies in the classroom because the Wi-Fi wasn’t available,” says Mark Sonstein, Purdue’s executive director of IT infrastructure services. “When we researched it, the <strong>Wi-Fi wasn’t available because of the amount of traffic being consumed by nonacademic activities</strong>.”</p> <p>It’s an ongoing problem. <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/07/it-leaders-get-strategic-about-campus-coverage">Colleges expand networks</a> and provide enough bandwidth to support learning, but as soon as more capacity is available, students gobble it up, with much of the new traffic used on gaming and streaming video rather than learning management systems and research-centered sites.</p> <p>“The divide of what’s academic and what’s nonacademic is something that campuses have been dealing with for a long time,” says Kenneth C. Green, director of <a href="https://www.campuscomputing.net/" target="_blank">The Campus Computing Project</a>.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/higher/author/calvin-hennick" hreflang="en"><img src="/higher/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/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> Tue, 06 Aug 2019 14:40:46 +0000 Andrew.Steger_dMrq 42371 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher Early Adopters Pioneer Virtual Reality Use in Higher Education https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/08/early-adopters-pioneer-virtual-reality-use-higher-education <span>Early Adopters Pioneer Virtual Reality Use in Higher Education</span> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/higher/k12/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Thu, 08/01/2019 - 09:36</span> <div><p>Students aren’t donning headsets to participate in virtual reality lessons on most college campuses yet, and you won’t find VR on <a href="https://www.educause.edu/ecar/research-publications/higher-education-trend-watch-and-top-10-strategic-technologies/2019/the-top-10-strategic-technologies-for-2019" target="_blank">EDUCAUSE’s list of the top 10 strategic technologies</a> institutions are expected to implement this year.</p> <p>But a number of institutions have embraced VR technology in the classroom — to <strong>dissect a simulated cadaver, or travel back in time and make other educational journeys</strong> that would be difficult or impossible in real life — according to D. Christopher Brooks, EDUCAUSE’s director of research. </p> <p>As the price point drops and devices improve, Brooks suspects VR use in higher education will expand.</p> <p>“Our numbers show it’s very much still in the experimental phase,” he says. “We’re not seeing it in lecture halls, but <strong>it’s being used in specialized labs and other kinds of teaching venues</strong>. It’s becoming more common.”</p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/11/universities-invest-vr-extend-research-potential" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH: </strong>Check out how universities are investing in VR to improve research programs.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">Arizona State Uses VR Lab Exercises in Online Biology Program</h2> <p><a href="https://go.asuonline.asu.edu/lpppc-brand/?utm_source=google&amp;utm_medium=cpc&amp;utm_campaign=BRAND-S-ASU-NAT&amp;utm_term=arizona%20state%20university&amp;utm_content=ArizonaStateUniv-Brand-EM&amp;utm_initiative=GoogleBrand&amp;gclid=EAIaIQobChMI85Ofuujh4wIVGJSzCh1A0AVZEAAYASAAEgJD5vD_BwE" target="_blank">Arizona State University</a> decided to adopt VR to allow remote students to participate in lab exercises in its recently launched online biological science degree program in the School of Life Sciences.</p> <p>ASU used a grant to obtain <a href="https://www.cdw.com/product/lenovo-mirage-solo-virtual-reality-headset-5.5/5021543?pfm=srh" target="_blank">140 Mirage Solo </a>headsets from <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/lenovo-interstitial.html?enkwrd=Lenovo" target="_blank">Lenovo</a>. Just over one third of students have elected to receive one, at no cost, since the program piloted their use in 2018. </p> <p>Alternately, students can view simulations on a computer or a <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/google-interstitial.html?enkwrd=Google" target="_blank">Google</a> Daydream device, says Philippos Savvides. He’s a <strong>learning technology manager with <a href="http://edplus.asu.edu/" target="_blank">EdPlus</a></strong>, an ASU unit focused on scaling access to education through online programs and other initiatives.</p> <p>“We’ve gotten very positive feedback,” Savvides says. “They <strong>get to be active and move around using the headset and controller</strong>, so there’s an active-learning element involved. There’s a wide body of literature that shows significantly higher learning outcomes on simulations versus other modes of learning.”</p> <h2 id="toc_1">Consider Physical Space and Accessibility When Planning VR Programs</h2> <p>VR can pose logistical challenges, some of which can be mitigated with newer standalone headsets. Headsets that connect to a computer — the more common choice for many colleges — can be limited by cord length and the physical environment.</p> <p>“You tend to <strong>need a pretty high-powered PC with servers to process all these polygons</strong> making up the environment as you’re experiencing it,” Brooks says. “When these things are tethered to machines, the amount of mobility you have is somewhat constrained.”</p> <p>Even without a need for much space, traditional classrooms and lecture halls with fixed seating aren’t ideal for VR use, he says.</p> <p>“It’s very difficult to have students really <strong>experience virtual reality in a meaningful way</strong> if they’re not able to move around or it’s crowded and noisy,” Brooks says. “That can disrupt the experience. Schools need to rethink what a virtual reality classroom might look like.”</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/higher/higher/k12/author/erin-brereton" hreflang="en"><img src="/higher/higher/k12/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/higher/k12/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> Thu, 01 Aug 2019 13:36:46 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 42361 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher