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High-speed for higher ed

Colleges and universities leverage buying power to get more bandwidth at lower cost

Higher education has a long history of collaboration among institutions. Today, colleges and universities are leveraging the power of that collaborative spirit to bring high-capacity bandwidth to the market’s most insatiable users: traditional college-age students.

New look of campus help desks

A certain company’s retail stores become a model for college tech support

From stand-alone help desks to spaces in bookstores and other high-traffic areas, technology services are becoming more visible on college campuses. Many colleges and universities have modeled new help desks after the Genius Bar in Apple Stores.

Data privacy in the campus cloud

As cloud computing and storage catches on in higher education, data privacy best practices are emerging

The University of Michigan’s very decentralized campus means it has multiple IT departments, numerous technologies and plenty of cloud applications. “We basically use everything you can think of when it comes to the cloud,” says Don Welch, chief information security officer. “Colleges here have their own relationships with providers, and their own strategies with information storage. So it’s a big task to set central policies, but it’s important to take on that role.”

What’s new and what’s next for flipped classrooms

Flipped 2.0: More colleges and universities may hire “coaches” to help faculty flip classrooms

Though some instructors think flipping the classroom is as simple as students watching lectures online and doing their homework in class, version 2.0 of the practice is evolving to allow faculty to provide more rigorous, in-depth instruction.

BYOD boundaries on campus

How colleges and universities shape BYOD policies to manage bandwidth, improve security and support learning

Controlling bandwidth is just one reason why colleges and universities have adopted BYOD policies. Improving computer security, providing reliable internet access for classroom work, and simply letting faculty, staff and students use their favorite devices have driven wider acceptance of BYOD strategies.

Why colleges must go mobile-first

Growing number of higher ed web teams designing their websites with mobile device users at the forefront

Colleges and universities miss a significant opportunity to capture the attention of their primary web audience—teens and young adults—when their websites aren’t designed to perform well on mobile devices. While it sounds like a simple concept, making it happen requires resources, a change in mindset and a willingness to experiment.

How colleges make the big LMS switch

Why six schools changed their learning management systems

Stable, reliable and adaptable. Those are the key descriptors for a successful learning management system. When the current LMS doesn’t provide a needed functionality, schools can often add new features or configurations to achieve the desired outcome. But in some cases, it’s time to scrap the old system.

Taking command of the college classroom

As classroom control systems have advanced, they’ve also become more user-friendly

College and university instructors across the country are incorporating technology into their classes with little effort. As classroom control systems have advanced, they’ve also become more user-friendly, making a wider variety of teaching methods possible.

Connecting the security dots on campus

Building security systems integration is a tough goal for institutions to reach—but some in higher ed are making it work

The roster of people flowing in and out of campus buildings changes frequently. New students come in, others graduate. Adjunct faculty and visiting scholars join the campus for a limited time; corporate partners and parents stop over for a day. Giving everyone access is a challenge that’s compounded when a mix of security systems have been installed independently.

5 ways to work video into the learning system

Approaches to supporting an effective institution-wide strategy for incorporating video into the LMS

While video’s presence in higher learning is undoubtedly expanding, the frequency and extent to which it is being used varies widely—even within institutions. Here are best practices for effectively integrating video into course collections at the campuswide level.

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