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CONNECTED AT “HOME”—IT officials at Rivier University recently purchased access points to cover each of the 400 rooms in its residences, giving students hotel room-like coverage from the dorm (shown in background). Across campus, including at the library, the university throttles streaming to preserve bandwidth.

Many higher ed institutions are adding more Wi-Fi access points, setting usage limits or resorting to throttling—slowing down connectivity to control video streaming, a major source of bandwidth consumption.

Here are the top six biggest bandwidth hogs and the devices of least concern, according to campus IT officers.

Jeff D. Borden is an adjunct faculty member and a system architect for special projects at Saint Leo University in Florida.

Jeff D. Borden from Saint Leo University in Florida discusses teamwork. He believes strongly in teaching college students how to work in teams, thereby empowering tomorrow’s employees and managers today.

Many institutional real estate directors turn to spreadsheets, government databases, and asset management or space management modules within an ERP or building management system to bring real estate strategy to the next level.

The spreadsheets and other basic tools many universities use to inform real estate decisions often work well for the modest investment required. Yet solutions specifically designed to aid in real estate decisions offer some advantages.

WORKING TOWARD THE CHAIN—Any graduate of Central New Mexico Community College can currently receive a free online-accessible diploma. By summer 2019, the college anticipates being able to offer transcripts on the blockchain.

Blockchain can help institutions provide academic credentials more quickly and securely. Steps to adoption involve understanding how to make the switch, how the technology will improve service, and how it could disrupt the register’s office status quo.

Providers discuss how much interest they are seeing from higher ed about incorporating blockchain for transcripts and credentials, and what administrators can do to prepare for the technology.

Another another transcript trend is behavior notations. Here is where it is happening and what to consider.

VIEWS YOU CAN USE—A teacher wearing smart glasses (right) can see student information projected in an augmented reality platform (left) developed by Carnegie Mellon University. The hovering icons indicate how students are faring on online assignments and if they need help.

When edtech developers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania asked K12 teachers to wish for a superpower, the teachers imagined student data hovering in midair. Smart glasses can now provide that feedback. 

Kelly Walsh is CIO at the College of Westchester in New York.

Universities accepting Title IV federal aid are expected to comply with federal cybersecurity regulations, which include a greater emphasis on reporting breaches. It’s time to step up cybersecurity governance.

Curtis Carver is vice president for information technology and chief information officer at The University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Curtis Carver, vice president for information technology and chief information officer at The University of Alabama at Birmingham, discusses implementing a customer-centric approach to preventing and addressing network vulnerabilities.

Artificial intelligence—led by text-based chatbots—has infiltrated campus life, helping institutions improve communication, compliance and retention. Here’s insight into launching the technology.

Here’s how student service areas can use chatbots to keep students informed.

From admissions, financial aid and residence life to registration, student activities and food service, here’s how student service areas can use chatbots to keep students informed.

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