EdTech Magazine - Technology Solutions That Drive Education https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/rss.xml en SSD vs. HDD: How Can Each Benefit Higher Education? https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/08/ssd-vs-hdd-how-can-each-benefit-higher-education-perfcon <span>SSD vs. HDD: How Can Each Benefit Higher Education?</span> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Thu, 08/22/2019 - 11:45</span> <div><p>When it comes to selecting the PCs, <strong>laptops and servers that will power higher education institutions</strong>, administrators face a number of choices, including the type of drive that powers these technologies. </p> <p>The question of whether to select <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/02/solid-state-storage-boosts-speed-and-cuts-downtime-campus-it">solid-state drives (SSD)</a> or hard disk drives (HDD) has become more pressing of late, as higher education institutions look for ways to improve the speed and reliability of their computing systems while keeping costs in check. </p> <p>Below are some things to consider when weighing the pros and cons of each drive type. </p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/06/3-ways-universities-can-find-perfect-solid-state-storage-solution" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH: </strong>Check out three ways universities can find the perfect solid state drive solution.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0"><b id="docs-internal-guid-ce09b490-7fff-3cb5-742c-c29f5198805e">HDD and SSD Explained</b></h2> <p>The primary difference between HDD and SSD is physical, specifically in the way that they <strong>physically read and write data onto the disk</strong>. </p> <p>First introduced in 1956, HDDs use magnetism to store data on a rotating platter with a read/write head floating above that spinning platter. The faster the spin, the faster the HDD’s performance. For example, a typical laptop drive spins at 5,400 rpm or 7,200 rpm, while some <strong>server-based drives can go as high as 15,000 rpm</strong>. </p> <p>With SSDs, on the other hand, there are no moving parts. Rather, they are similar to USB sticks in that they store data on microchips. Reading and writing is performed by an embedded processor called a controller.</p> <p>This component plays a significant role in the drive’s read/write speed, which is <strong>a key factor in separating a drive with a decent read/write speed</strong> from one with an excellent one. Ultimately, speed is one of the main factors in evaluating drive types.</p> <h2 id="toc_1">SSD vs. HDD: Speed Comparisons</h2> <p>The main advantage of SSDs lies in their ability to <strong>access data electronically rather than electromechanically</strong>, which results in fast booting and transfer speeds. </p> <p>In order to access data, an HDD’s mechanical arm has to move to the right location on the storage platter to locate specific data. The retrieval process for SSDs, on the other hand, is electronic, allowing them to quickly access data. </p> <p>An HDD will still get you to the same information you need, but it can take more physical movement — not to mention more time and greater latency — to do so. Another consideration when determining hard drive needs is t<a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/11/universities-invest-esports-academic-opportunities">he emergence of college esports</a>. On the gaming frontier, speed is essential. What may have initially been viewed as a fad has blossomed into a real force on college campuses. </p> <p>Since its founding in 2016, the <a href="https://nacesports.org/" target="_blank">National Association of College Esports</a> has grown to more than <strong>130 member institutions and more than 3,000 student-athletes</strong>. Given their superior speed and processing ability, SSDs may be preferable for NACE member institutions, as well as those that may be considering taking the leap into esports.</p> <p><a data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/orchestration/digital-transformation-trends.html"><img alt="Digital%20Transformation_IR_1.jpg" src="/sites/healthtechmagazine.net/files/Digital%20Transformation_IR_1.jpg" /></a></p> <h2 id="toc_2">SSD vs. HDD: Capacity and Cost</h2> <p>In general, HDDs are capable of storing larger amounts of data at a lower cost per gigabyte. </p> <p>For example, an <a href="https://www.cdw.com/product/acer-aspire-3-a315-21-2476-15.6-e2-9000e-4-gb-ram-1-tb-hdd-us-in/5429996?pfm=srh" target="_blank">Acer Aspire laptop with a 1-terabyte</a> HDD costs around the same as the similar <a href="https://www.cdw.com/product/acer-aspire-3-a314-21-684v-14-a6-9220e-4-gb-ram-128-gb-ssd-us-in/5660496?pfm=srh" target="_blank">Acer Aspire with a 128-gigabyte SSD</a>. While the SSD model costs less overall, its price per gigabyte is more than seven times that of the HDD, though the cost of SSDs has continued to decrease.</p> <p>Universities may want to note that with <strong>enterprise SSD capacities approaching 60TB</strong>, SSDs are becoming more of an option for server-based applications, and there is no reason to believe these trends will not continue down the line. </p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/10/qa-hyperconvergence-delivers-speed-and-scalability-oakland-university" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH:</strong> See how hyperconvergence delivers speed and scalability to higher education.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_3">SSD vs. HDD: Reliability and Durability</h2> <p>Without moving parts, SSDs have fewer potential points of failure. This also makes <strong>SSDs immune to overheating</strong>. This results in a lower power draw than HDDs, which include a fan for cooling. Institutions that use SSDs in server settings also realize a power reduction from systems used to cool server rooms. </p> <p>There are still concerns. Since the early days of SSDs, there has been a belief that <strong>because of their design, stored data would be lost after only a few years</strong>. Some newer models of SSDs are capable of continuous reading and writing as companies continue to develop this technology. </p> <p>Ultimately, all drives are not created equal. It is important for institutions to do their due diligence to ensure they are making the best choice to support data storage, digital learning environments, institution research, esports and more.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/higher/taxonomy/term/11891" hreflang="en"><img src="/higher/sites/edtechmagazine.com.higher/files/styles/face_small/public/people/Derek%20Rice.jpeg.jpg?itok=uclTgP2x" width="58" height="58" alt="Derek Rice" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/higher/taxonomy/term/11891"> <div>Derek Rice</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Derek is a writer and marketing pro specializing in communicating complex or technical issues in a way that is accessible to wider audiences.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 22 Aug 2019 15:45:39 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 42436 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher How to Get Higher Education IT Teams Ready for the Cloud https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/08/how-get-higher-education-it-teams-ready-cloud <span>How to Get Higher Education IT Teams Ready for the Cloud</span> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Wed, 08/21/2019 - 14:42</span> <div><p>Cloud-based services offer universities higher computing efficiency at a lower cost, spurring <strong>60 percent of higher education institutions</strong> to begin integrating cloud computing into their general IT strategies, according to a survey conducted by <a href="https://www.meritalk.com/study/destinationcloud/" target="_blank">MeriTalk</a>.</p> <p>A growing demand for cloud services on higher education campuses has put pressure on IT teams to learn new skills around building, maintaining and securing these solutions.</p> <p>“Even if a school is not aggressively moving to the cloud, the security, networking and operations folks <strong>need to have cloud in their skill set to be of service to the university</strong>,” Bob Flynn, <a href="https://www.indiana.edu/" target="_blank">Indiana University</a>’s manager of cloud technology support, <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/04/optimize-cloud-deployments-close-skills-gap-perfcon">told <em>EdTech</em></a>. “When a faculty or researcher uses a university login to create a project in the cloud, it’s official university business, and we are responsible.”</p> <p><a data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/orchestration/modern-workforce.html" target="_blank"><img alt="IT%20Infrastructure_IR_2.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://biztechmagazine.com/sites/biztechmagazine.com/files/IT%20Infrastructure_IR_2.jpg" /></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">Tips to Build Higher Ed IT Talent</h2> <p>If you’re focused on training your staff, you’re not alone: <strong>90 percent of IT leaders are working to give current staff new skills</strong> — and cloud is the priority, according to a <a href="http://rh-us.mediaroom.com/2018-12-13-Tech-Leaders-Report-Urgent-Hiring-Needs-For-2019-Project-Based-Hires-And-Re-Skilling-Play-Role-In-Staffing-Strategies" target="_blank">2018 survey on tech hiring trends in the U.S.</a> from Robert Half International. Here are six ways to give your team a boost.</p> <ul><li><strong>Increase exposure: </strong>Set up a rotation system to give more employees a chance to participate in cloud-related tasks.</li> <li><strong>Create connections: </strong>Provide peer-to-peer learning opportunities with brown bag lunches, guest speakers and communication with other college IT teams. For large university systems, bring IT staff from various campuses together periodically.</li> <li><strong>Develop resources: </strong>How-to guides, FAQs, processes, policies and other documents can live in a shared online repository for easy reference.</li> <li><strong>Invest in training: </strong>Conferences, online training, certification programs and other avenues give staff a foundation and ongoing learning opportunities. </li> <li><strong>Identify a leader: </strong>Task someone to be accountable for advancing the team’s cloud expertise. </li> <li><strong>Provide motivation: </strong>Help staff see why cloud skills are critical for their own career advancement.</li> </ul><p>For more on how to get IT teams ready for cloud integration, check out “<a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/04/optimize-cloud-deployments-close-skills-gap-perfcon">To Optimize Cloud Deployments, Close the Skills Gap</a>.”</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/higher/author/wylie-wong" hreflang="en"><img src="/higher/sites/edtechmagazine.com.higher/files/styles/face_small/public/wylie-wong.jpg?itok=gph_Y-uT" width="58" height="58" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/higher/author/wylie-wong"> <div>Wylie Wong</div> </a> <a target="_blank" class="twitter" href="https://twitter.com/intent/follow?region=follow_link&amp;screen_name=WylieWong&amp;tw_p=followbutton&amp;variant=2.0"><span>Twitter</span></a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Wylie Wong is a freelance journalist who specializes in business, technology and sports. He is a regular contributor to the CDW family of technology magazines.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 21 Aug 2019 18:42:28 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 42431 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher College Help Desks Use Modern Tech Solutions to Enhance Services https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/08/college-help-desks-use-modern-tech-solutions-enhance-services <span>College Help Desks Use Modern Tech Solutions to Enhance Services</span> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Tue, 08/20/2019 - 13:11</span> <div><p>Providing help desk support is crucial to ensure students, faculty and staff have consistent network access and other capabilities — but it can be a time-consuming endeavor. This can pose a challenge, particularly for smaller IT teams.</p> <p>Insufficient staff resources are, in fact, the biggest obstacle to effectiveness that higher education IT departments face, according to a <a href="https://library.educause.edu/-/media/files/library/2019/2/infographic-final.pdf?la=en&amp;hash=D9168F27C12E95EF21E019B168281676B2233D4D" target="_blank">2019 EDUCAUSE infographic</a>. </p> <p>To remedy the issue, <strong>a number of colleges and universities are turning to progressive digital solutions</strong> — which offer greater visibility, speedier feedback and a potentially more personal touch — to help manage requests and maximize the impact of the help desk.</p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/04/optimize-campus-it-start-building-better-team-culture" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH:</strong> See how universities can optimize campus IT by building a better team culture.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">Analyzing and Automating Procedures Accelerates Service</h2> <p>Education sector help desks have one of the lowest initial response times — <strong>27.7 hours, on average</strong> — out of nearly 20 industries, according to <a href="https://d16cvnquvjw7pr.cloudfront.net/resources/whitepapers/Zendesk_WP_benchmark.pdf" target="_blank">a comparison of over 20,000 customer metrics</a> by software provider Zendesk. Only two segments, manufacturing and the nonprofit sector, provided slower responses.</p> <p>To expedite the reply process, a number of universities have introduced self-service IT portals, where students can find information that answers some of their questions and submit and track help requests, reducing the need to involve an IT professional. </p> <p>The <a href="https://www.uab.edu/it/home/about-uab-it/announcements/item/676-new-it-self-service-portal-launches" target="_blank">University of Alabama at Birmingham</a> replaced the tech FAW section on its website with a mobile-friendly portal, where users can<strong> search within an expanded article database and report any service issues</strong>.</p> <p>Once a ticket has been entered, users see it on the front page when they log in to the system, making it easier to monitor and communicate with the IT team about the matter.</p> <p>Data analytics may be able to help schools adjust staffing and otherwise <strong>proactively prepare to address influxes of requests</strong> that are cyclical due to course registration or other regular events during the academic year.</p> <p>The <a href="https://www.umbc.edu/" target="_blank">University of Maryland, Baltimore County</a>, for instance, replaced its client-based help desk system with Request Tracker, a free solution that was then integrated with the institution’s data warehouse.</p> <p>In <a href="https://er.educause.edu/articles/2013/8/beyond-the-it-help-desk" target="_blank">a blog post</a> for EDUCAUSE Review, Joe Kirby, assistant vice president for UMBC’s IT division, says the system has <strong>allowed departments to view statistics on the volume and efficiency of work they perform</strong> — including generating customizable reports that identify patterns and help predict trends and showing whether alumni, undergraduates or other users are making requests.</p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/07/survey-finds-universities-waste-time-manual-expense-reports" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH:</strong> See how universities can save nearly 2,000 hours on expense reports using automation.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_1">University IT Use AI to Focus Content</h2> <p>Some campuses have also implemented artificial intelligence-enabled ticketing and communication solutions that tailor information to individual students’ needs.</p> <p><a href="https://searchcio.techtarget.com/feature/How-WPI-uses-AI-in-ITSM-to-improve-help-desk-support" target="_blank">SearchCIO.com</a> reported in 2018 that <a href="https://www.wpi.edu/" target="_blank">Worcester Polytechnic Institute</a>’s help desk team had used natural language processing and data from <strong>100,000 request tickets</strong> to identify keywords that correlate with specific actions that are required to complete requests. </p> <p>The Massachusetts school ultimately created an automated, streamlined system that reviews and directs each ticket to the appropriate place to be handled.</p> <p><a href="https://success.gsu.edu/initiatives/reduction-of-summer-melt/" target="_blank">Georgia State University</a> was able to reduce the number of students who accept an admission offer but don't actually enroll by <strong>22 percent</strong> after debuting its AI-supported Pounce virtual assistant.</p> <p>Incoming freshman were able to text questions and receive an almost immediate response. The tool also sent reminders and guidance about completing enrollment tasks. </p> <p>One of the most significant measures of a solution’s success is how often it’s used — and in Pounce’s case, the <strong>majority of students seemed to welcome its help</strong>. </p> <p>According to <a href="https://www.admithub.com/case_study/how-georgia-state-university-supports-every-student-with-personalized-text-messaging/" target="_blank">data from AdmitHub</a>, which created Pounce for GSU, students commended the system’s accessibility and personalization capabilities, and <strong>94 percent </strong>recommended that the university offer Pounce to the next incoming class.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/higher/author/erin-brereton" hreflang="en"><img src="/higher/sites/edtechmagazine.com.higher/files/styles/face_small/public/people/Erin%20Brereton.jpg?itok=b4T6k1ew" width="58" height="58" alt="Erin Brereton" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/higher/author/erin-brereton"> <div>Erin Brereton</div> </a> <a target="_blank" class="twitter" href="https://twitter.com/intent/follow?region=follow_link&amp;screen_name=Erbrer09&amp;tw_p=followbutton&amp;variant=2.0"><span>Twitter</span></a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Erin Brereton has written about technology, business and other topics for more than 50 magazines, newspapers and online publications. </p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 20 Aug 2019 17:11:58 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 42426 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher 2019 Dean's List https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/ad/2019-deans-list <span>2019 Dean&#039;s List</span> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Tue, 08/20/2019 - 11:18</span> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-vertical" data-layout="vertical" data-url="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/ad/2019-deans-list" data-title="2019 Dean's List" data-via="EdTech_HigherEd" data-button-background="none"> <span> <span>Aug</span> <span>20</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/ad/2019-deans-list" data-title="2019 Dean's List" 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%3Fdestination%3D%2Fhigher%2Farticle%2F2010%2F08%2Frethinking-disaster-recovery%26_exception_statuscode%3D403" 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/ad/2019-deans-list" data-title="2019 Dean's List" 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, 20 Aug 2019 15:18:12 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 42421 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher Game On: Building a Collegiate Esports Program from the Ground Up https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/08/game-building-collegiate-esports-program-ground <span>Game On: Building a Collegiate Esports Program from the Ground Up</span> <span><span lang="" about="/higher/dashboard/elizimmerman9856" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">eli.zimmerman_9856</span></span> <span>Mon, 08/19/2019 - 14:00</span> <div><p>With global esports revenues expected to reach <strong>$1.1 billion this year</strong>, more and more colleges and universities are pressing start on <a href="https://www.educationdive.com/news/colleges-expand-esports-programs-to-keep-pace-with-growing-industry/558925/" target="_blank">competitive gaming leagues</a>. Teams of students compete in these leagues in multiplayer games, such as League of Legends, Overwatch and Fortnite.</p> <p>About 130 colleges now have their own esports teams — up from seven in 2016 — according to data from the <a href="https://nacesports.org/" target="_blank">National Association of Collegiate Esports</a>. It’s <a href="https://www.insider.com/schools-with-video-game-playing-scholarships-esports-2019-6" target="_blank">estimated</a> that esports will be on 150 campuses by 2020.</p> <p>Additionally, nearly 200 colleges are now offering scholarships for <a href="https://www.wired.com/story/infoporn-college-esports-players-cashing-in-big/" target="_blank">students who participate</a>, with a total of about <strong>$15 million in aid available</strong>.</p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/06/esports-can-increase-stem-equity-higher-education" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM EDTECH: </strong>Check out how esports can be used to boost STEM equity in higher education.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">Competitive Gaming Brings Low Risks and High Rewards to Universities</h2> <p>Layne Shirley, former esports director at NACE, says in a recent <a href="https://cdw-prod.adobecqms.net/content/dam/cdw/on-domain-cdw/tech-solutions-library/electronics/mkt38244-esports-wp.pdf" target="_blank">CDW white paper</a> that it is the relatively low startup costs and potential returns that make esports so appealing.</p> <p>NACE reports the average cost of starting a higher education esports program is <strong>$41,000</strong>, and the average program draws 15 students in its first year.</p> <p>“One reason people are making esports into a varsity program is because it’s an enrollment driver, and a lot of these students are interested in STEM fields and computer science,” Shirley says. </p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/10/esports-next-frontier-higher-ed-infographic" target="_blank"><img alt="HiEd-eSports-Infographic_VisualCTA.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/sites/edtechmagazine.com.higher/files/HiEd-eSports-Infographic_VisualCTA.jpg" /></a></p> <h2 id="toc_1">Basic Hardware Necessities for HiEd Esports Programs</h2> <p>Some colleges, such as <a href="https://www.concordia.edu/" target="_blank">Concordia University Texas</a>, are <a href="https://www.kvue.com/article/sports/concordia-university-esports-program-hits-the-spotlight-with-new-varsity-arena/269-412f9672-86a7-4bc7-84b9-94529105d81d" target="_blank">investing in dedicated facilities</a> to house their esports programs.</p> <p>Joshua Pann, a college esports specialist for <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/hp-inc-interstitial.html?enkwrd=HP" target="_blank">HP</a>, says it can <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/06/ub-tech-2019-how-start-esports-program-your-campus">cost between $44,000 and $87,000</a> to outfit such facilities with needed equipment.</p> <p>Basic investments include <strong>adequate computers to accommodate gaming</strong>, including some that are specially designed for the sport from MSI, <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/acer.html?enkwrd=Acer" target="_blank">Acer</a>, ASUS and others. CDW suggests consulting with a third party to determine whether schools’ existing technology will support esports.</p> <p>The <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/07/when-building-esports-arena-cpus-are-important-consideration-perfcon">central processing unit</a> inside of each gaming computer also is another key to success.</p> <p>“Keeping the processor, or CPU, up-to-date with cutting-edge technology is <strong>essential to maintaining the integrity of esports matches</strong>,” according to NACE. “Processors that are unable to keep up with the proper frame rate, the game’s running speed, can put a player at a big disadvantage.”</p> <p>“The CPU has to feed information to the graphics card, and the CPU can be a limiting factor in gaming if the CPU cannot keep up,” writes Talha Amjad for <a href="https://segmentnext.com/2018/05/29/cpu-matter-when-gaming/" target="_blank">Segment Next</a>. </p> <p>Pann says among other key investments is the display quality of the monitors. The optimal size is <strong>24 to 25 inches, with a minimum refresh rate of 144 hertz</strong>.</p> <p>The sweet spot for competitive gaming is 2560x1440 resolution, <a href="https://www.pcgamer.com/best-gaming-monitor/" target="_blank">according to PC Gamer</a>.</p> <p>CDW finds that colleges may be able to transform their existing computers into gaming machines or expand the usability of a gaming computer by updating graphics cards, according to a recent white paper. The cards range from between <strong>$200 and $1,000</strong>.</p> <p>Competitive programs also should invest in specialized furniture designed for gamers, such as gaming chairs outfitted with ergonomic pillows and adjustable headsets, CDW notes. Gamers also need related equipment, including keyboards, headsets and gaming mice.</p> <p>These basic building blocks are the first steps towards a successful esports program. However, universities should remember that without buy in from important stakeholders such as administrators and the athletic department, a competitive gaming program will not be able to get past the first level.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/higher/author/erin-cunningham"> <div>Erin Cunningham</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Erin Cunningham is a writer and editor based in Maryland with experience writing about state and local government, education, technology and more.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 19 Aug 2019 18:00:16 +0000 eli.zimmerman_9856 42416 at https://edtechmagazine.com/higher 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/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/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/taxonomy/term/11886" hreflang="en"><img src="/higher/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/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%3Fdestination%3D%2Fhigher%2Fdashboard%2Frobertjasekiw09%26_exception_statuscode%3D403" 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/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/higher/higher/author/jacquelyn-bengfort" hreflang="en"><img src="/higher/higher/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/higher/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/author/erika-gimbel" hreflang="en"><img src="/higher/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/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