Articles: UB Archive

Sight and sound are crucial elements in the success of distance learning classrooms. However, there is much more to consider than just the types of audio and video equipment to be used.

Pretty much everyone over the age of 15 knows the risks related to unprotected sex, so pretty much everyone takes precautions - including carrying effective protection that fits in a pocket or a purse.

In a prior position within campus procurement, Gary Link of E&I Cooperative Purchasing did some digging and learned of departments that were leasing everything. "There were no controls over what they could and could not lease. If they didn't have the money to buy it, they were financing it," he recalls.

With furloughs, layoffs, and slashed budgets becoming a "business as usual" occurrence in higher education, professional development is taking a hard blow. In some cases, it has been dramatically cut or eliminated for the foreseeable future. Yet, even in these trying times, a few proactive leaders have found new tools and creative tactics to keep people learning and growing.

Global education has been a focus in American higher education for several years. Recently, we have seen an increase in conferences, speeches, and papers encouraging us to think globally and prepare our students for a world where success may be dictated by one's ability to navigate varying cultures, languages, and practices.

Digital signage is an important link in campus emergency messaging efforts and can be more rapid than text or e-mail. "It doesn't matter what sign is up there, lurking behind every message is the emergency alert system," says Spencer W. Graham, manager of operations for West Virginia University's Information Stations digital signage network. Or at least that's how it should be.

Interactivity: It's one of the hottest trends on campus, at least according to Ryan Cahoy, managing director at Rise Display. Way-finding is the most common application. Once people locate their destination on the on-screen map, they can either print the directions or have them e-mailed to a smart phone or linked through a QR code. Another popular use of interactivity is donor recognition.

Based on Twitter, blogs, and web conferences, it looks like everybody in higher education is talking about check-ins, Facebook Places, Foursquare, Gowalla, and SCVNGR. No matter where they work, from liberal arts colleges to big state universities, many web communication and online marketing professionals have already adopted location-based services (LBS).

Automating refunding and other billing and payments makes even more sense in this age of doing more with less. Those not in the business office may wonder about bursar operations. According to the team of five at Texas Women's University, that office is responsible for: