The changing role of the higher ed CIO

Gone are the days when university CIOs filled their time with trouble-shooting computer bugs and managing servers. “CIOs are at the center of a campus conversation about the proper relationship between technology and education,” says Kamalika Sandell. Associate CIO at American University (AU) in Washington, D.C., Sandell is an expert on IT leadership and speaker at UBTech 2014. “We are now more than ever expected to introduce and lead change at the university level.”

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Google Apps vs. Microsoft Office 365

Google and Microsoft are battling for the allegiance of college IT departments. To help attendees decide which email and storage solution might be best for them, UBTech brought in representatives from two universities in June 2013 to compare their installation experiences.

Request Tracker creates organization out of help-desk chaos

It was clear four years ago that Wisconsin-based Carthage College needed a new system for managing help requests from the campus community. The Library and Information Services (LIS) staff of 25 was manually handling nearly 12,000 questions each year from faculty, staff and students about everything library or technology-related. Additionally, many of the requests were sent made informally directly to technicians. That made tracking and follow-up nearly impossible, especially given the rapid growth the college was experiencing.

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Request Tracker creates organization out of help-desk chaos

Carthage College needed a new system for managing help requests from the campus community and installed two solutions: Request Tracker and a self-service password changer system. By the end of the fiscal year, in August 2014, the number of annual help desk requests is projected to be 5,000-6,000—down to half what it was before the installation of Request Tracker.

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Carthage College is centralizing help requests

The Library and Information Services department at Carthage College in Wisconsin answers nearly 10,000 questions a year, ranging from where to find a book to figuring out why a student’s email account suddenly stopped working or helping a faculty member put a course online. With requests on the rise, a tracking process was needed to keep employees and community members informed.

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How finance should be driving universities' technology investments

John Curry, managing director of higher ed consultancy Huron Education, is an expert on improving performance, reducing costs, and leveraging technology. At UBTech 2013 in June, he spoke about the many ways that public universities could use their technological investments to combat lower enrollments and reduced state funding.

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Streamlining a communication and training plan on campus

Just when Mona Aldana-Ramirez thought she had all the answers, they kept changing the questions. The director of retention services at San Antonio College had to spearhead the implementation of a new enrollment program while fielding thousands of student requests for clarification. But every time she trained a few of her 20-person part-time staff, the enrollment process would change, and she would have to go out and retrain.

HD video to advance learning

The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville is using video conferencing comprehensively to improve learning and control operational costs.

The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville (UA) is using video conferencing comprehensively to improve learning and control operational costs. Originally used for occasional standard definition applications, we are employing high definition for everything from the classroom to committee work. We’ll soon enable video conferencing on students’ mobile devices, to make distance learning portable as well.

Preparing Your Campus for the Future of Academic Video

Academic video will soon become an integral part of the higher ed learning experience

“Generation C” is demanding video in all aspects of their lives, including in their learning experiences. Universities ought to harness the power of academic video not only to meet these expectations, but to realize the power of lecture capture, personalized education, and flipped classrooms. In this web seminar hosted by Sonic Foundry vice president Sean Brown and originally presented on August 20, 2013, JD Solomon of University Business presented some findings from a new white paper about how academic video is at a tipping point and what its future looks like.

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The 10 hottest startup incubators

Business incubators have been around since the 1950s. Typically attached to universities, these entities offered a proving ground with back-office resources for fledgling entrepreneurs. Now a new breed of incubator, catering mainly to technology types, is springing up all over the country.

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