Internet Technology

Colleges shouldn't toss social media terms of service

Ignoring these often overlooked agreements could be troublesome for your institution

“Don’t ask for permission, ask for forgiveness.”

This rallying cry against the “let’s do as we always did” approach has helped the digital professionals take their seat at the decision table in many institutions. Yet this unorthodox advice may have been embraced too literally in the social media field. It’s no wonder that some enthusiastic and well-meaning social media managers still break basic rules with the institutional accounts they oversee.

Pros and cons of using social logins on campus

People are logged in to social media all day—it takes only a click to sign in with social logins

Authentication and identification of active campus network users have always been at the core of the IT applications necessary to run a university.

If you can’t log in, you can’t get your email, register for your course, pay your bills, and so on. That’s why most institutions have strived to offer integrated and secure single sign-on (SSO) solutions to students, staff and faculty. The technology doesn’t get in the way and users don’t need to remember multiple passwords.

Going atomic: New tools to develop responsive websites

It’s a fact: Responsive websites solve the challenge created by a world of multiple connected devices—from the latest smartphones to the newest tablets and the largest screens of desktop computers or TVs.

Reining in runaway data breach costs

Dealing with data breaches can cost a university from tens of thousands of dollars up to many millions, depending on the breach and its handling.

In 2011 the largest reported data breach in the university world was suffered by a Virginia institution of higher learning, which reported more than 176,500 records breached. More recently, in late 2012, a Florida university suffered a breach involving data on more than 200,000 students and some of the university's top employees. The same week hackers posted online thousands of personal records from 53 universities around the world.

Universal Analytics: A game changer for higher ed?

Learn what every higher ed digital analytics professional will soon be talking about.

Learn what every higher ed digital analytics professional will soon be talking about.

Digital trends to shape 2014

How online trends will impact the work of digital professionals this year

What will 2014 bring to the digital field in higher ed? That’s the million dollar question at the start of this new year. Unfortunately, charting a precise course for success over the next 12 months isn’t possible.

When everything changes so quickly, we can only try to identify what looks like the best route to our destination. To help you with the exercise, let’s see what developments are leading the way.

Recommended project management software

I asked digital project managers to share the organizational tools they most use. Microsoft Project was mentioned, as well as some in-house solutions, but two web-based services topped the list:

Tips for managing digital projects in higher education

The keys to keeping your head above water

While it has never been easy to manage digital projects in higher education, it has become increasingly complicated. Only five years ago, a website redesign and a web content system implementation were the two most challenging—and often dreaded—types of digital projects web professionals knew they would have to tackle in their career.

Today, these are only two items in a long list of projects implemented by digital teams.

Colleges and universities must prioritize SEO

Why search engine optimization should be a priority for your university website

In higher education, we love, hate, and thrive on college rankings. The annual U.S. News and World Report top colleges list—as well as rankings by other news organizations—is anticipated with excitement and trepidation. When it comes to the numbers game of college admissions, it’s important to secure a spot near the top of these lists. Improving your institution’s rank means an automatic increase in general visibility. It also often results in a better chance to convert more college-bound high school students into serious prospects and highly motivated applicants.

Crowdfunding follows social media, MOOCs as higher ed trend

While it’s not yet on the radar of most development professionals in higher education, crowdsourcing has become a very noticeable part of the online fundraising landscape for younger donors

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