Category Archives: Leadership

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At Tech Trade Show, a Push to Give Colleges Better ‘Digital Intelligence’

example of a data dashboardOrlando, Fla. — More than 7,000 college officials gathered here this week for what is probably the largest higher-education-technology trade show in the United States, the annual meeting of Educause. Walking the trade floor, where some 270 companies mounted colorful booths, serves as a reminder of how much of college life today happens in the digital realm, and how much colleges are betting on technology to help alleviate the many challenges they face.

The biggest emerging trend this year is dat…

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College IT Employees Face Shifts in Responsibilities

As email and other information services migrate to the cloud, colleges’ information-technology employees are spending less of their time running complex in-house systems and more helping faculty members and administrative colleagues—as well as students—make the most of services provided by companies like Google. That shift puts a premium on the employees’ “soft skills” in communication, relationship building, and project management rather than on technical expertise.

That’s one finding of a repo…

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QuickWire: Bruce Chaloux, Veteran Online-Learning Leader, Dies

Bruce N. Chaloux, a longtime online-learning leader who headed the Sloan Consortium, died suddenly over the weekend while visiting family members in Vermont, the consortium announced on Monday. Mr. Chaloux founded the Southern Regional Education Board’s 16-state Electronic Campus before becoming chief executive and executive director of the Sloan Consortium, a nonprofit organization devoted to the growth of online learning. (Read Sloan’s statement announcing Mr. Chaloux’s death here.)

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Red Burns, a Founder of NYU’s New-Media Program, Dies at 88

Red Burns, who helped establish New York University’s highly influential Interactive Telecommunications Program in 1979 and became its director in 1983, has died at age 88, the university announced on Monday.

Ms. Burns was credited with making the program, known as ITP, a high-profile laboratory for imaginative digital innovation and a source of graduates who now work for a variety of new-media companies, large and small. She was often referred to as the mother or godmother of “Silicon Alley,” N…

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Campus Networks Feel the Pinch as Demand Rises and Budgets Shrink

The sharp increase in the number of Internet-connected devices that students are bringing to campuses has left many universities struggling to find ways to provide the necessary bandwidth to meet the demand, according to a survey of campus technology officials released this week.

A report describing the survey’s findings, released by Acuta, the Association for Information Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education, illustrates concerns that the trend of increasing bandwidth use …

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Georgia State U. to Grant Course Credit for MOOCs

Georgia State University is adopting a new policy that could allow students to receive class credit for taking massive open online courses, or MOOCs.

Students who have taken MOOCs, which are often open to anyone without admission requirements, will be able to work through the university’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions and academic departments to determine if they have the required understanding of the material.

“Essentially, this is aligning MOOCs with our other transfer credits,” said …

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10 Hottest Ed-Tech Stories of 2012

Articles about how free online courses, or MOOCs, could disrupt higher education dominated the headlines last year here at the Wired Campus blog, and they were the most popular with readers as well. Several articles about e-textbooks also topped our list of most-read articles of 2012, highlighting what has been a time of change, and anxiety, for colleges and universities.

Coursera and Udacity appear most frequently in this year’s top headlines. Both offer MOOCs, or massive open online courses, a…

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Call for Nominations: Top Tech Innovators in Higher Education

’Tis the season to reflect on the biggest trends in technology. Rather than looking back, though, we’re thinking about emerging leaders and the ideas they’re advocating.

In 2013 we plan to publish another list of top technology innovators in higher education, a follow-up to a popular feature we published last February. And again we need your help in finding the most interesting and influential people to profile.

You can find details on the nomination form below. Please share your suggestions and…

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Khan Academy Founder Proposes a New Type of College

The One World SchoolhouseSalman Khan’s dream college looks very different from the typical four-year institution.

The founder of Khan Academy, a popular site that offers free online video lectures about a variety of subjects, lays out his thoughts on the future of education in his book, The One World School House: Education Reimagined, released last month. Though most of the work describes Mr. Khan’s experiences with Khan Academy and his suggestions for changing elementary- and secondary-school systems, he does devote…

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Campus Leaders Speak Out on Value of Keeping Tech Accessible

Make sure campus technology is accessible to everyone who needs it before you adopt it. That’s one of the takeaways from a video set to premiere today at the annual Educause higher-education technology conference.

The 15-minute video, “IT Accessibility: What Campus Leaders Have to Say,” features university leaders and campus-technology staff members speaking about the importance of using technology to make college campuses more accessible. The AccessComputing project, run by the department of c…