Stephen Colbert on Dreams

Bill Hogue, Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, University of South Carolina

The satirist Stephen Colbert is a popular commencement speaker. He’s a funny guy, and his speeches draw lots of laughs, just as we would expect. But commencement tradition also demands that the speaker dispense advice to the graduates. So, what wisdom does Colbert offer to the next generation of leaders seated before him?

Follow your dreams.

Service is love made visible.

Life is an improv.

We’ll explore Colbert’s observations about service and improvisation (improv) in later blog posts. Today, let’s look a little more closely at what he says about “Follow your dreams.”

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Data Privacy Month 2015

Data Privacy Month 2014Did you know that Data Privacy Month (January 28-February 28, 2015) is just two months away? Now is the perfect time for colleges and universities to start planning activities and events.

Here are several ways that you can help raise awareness about data privacy issues on your campus.

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4 Steps to Help Make Informed Technology Decisions

By Jonathan Blake Huer, Director of Emerging Technologies and Media Development, Ball State University

Making technology decisions by yourself is incredibly difficult…especially today! However, there are a few key factors you can consider to make the decision a bit easier. It’s important to understand a little more about the interesting times in which we live. If you play out Moore’s Law and assume we’re getting to the “back half of the chess board,” then processing power is increasing far more rapidly than we can comprehend.

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Research Libraries Collaborating to Compete

Learn how Oklahoma's two largest research institutions were able to leverage federal and state directives to a tangeable and funded project:

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An Operations Checklist for Adopting Higher Ed Tech Innovations

Author: Judith A. Pirani

 “The lesson learned was that, in addition to providing viable software, successful dissemination must also focus on the adopting institution’s implementation and ongoing support needs.”
—Russ Little, Sinclair Community College in Sustainability, Partnerships, Focus on Users: Lessons from Sinclair College’s Student Success Plan

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NTIA & USPTO Host Fifth Forum on DMCA Notice-Takedown Process

On October 28, the Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force, comprised of the National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA) and the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), held their fifth multi-stakeholder forum on improving the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) notice-and-takedown process. The meeting took place in Berkeley, California, and was streamed live.

The forum’s mission is to find ways in which relevant stakeholders can simplify the notice-and-takedown process for both copyright holders and content providers. Currently the forum is operating through a smaller working group made up of representatives from such stakeholders. At the meeting the working group issued a discussion draft outlining its progress so far in finding ways to improve the system.

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Active, Self-paced, Data-driven Learning Leads to Stronger Student Outcomes

By Judith A. Pirani

“U Do the Math requires a change in student culture, because [students] are required to work during class. Outside of the classroom, students go to the math lab for individual assistance. While this increase in engagement is uncomfortable for many students at first, they like the approach once they become used to it. Many students take control of their learning, completing multiple courses in one semester.”
—John Squires, Chattanooga State Community College 

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The Commons: A Space for Managers and Leaders

Joan F. Cheverie

Entitled The Professional Development Commons, this new EDUCAUSE blog is intended to be an extension of what a public commons was historically: a collective tract of land or space that was shared by all and not owned by any one person. In this context, it is meant to be a blog space devoted to all aspects of management and leadership—a space where you can explore the many facets of being a manager, delve deeper into the topics that you may have been introduced to if you attended an EDUCAUSE Institute Program, exchange thoughts with others, and find resources from EDUCAUSE and beyond to support you in your professional development endeavors. In short, this is a commons for furthering your management and leadership skills.

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Reset and Reimagine

While reinforcing the value of higher education as a provider of a quality education for work, life, and citizenship, the authors in this issue of EDUCAUSE Review have reset and reimagined many of the elements of today’s colleges and universities. This process begins with the audience.

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The Secret to Defeating the Status Quo in Education? Engage Faculty

Author: Judith A. Pirani

“Moving a program elsewhere requires a careful retuning of the components and materials, such that all stakeholders in the new environment find it easier to follow this new model to success than to continue with current unsuccessful, but familiar, strategies."
—Project team member, Hybrid Labs at California State University, Northridge

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NCSAM 2014 Highlights

As the 11th anniversary of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) wraps up, we would like to thank the higher education community for another successful celebration! Colleges and universities continue to offer fun, creative activities and events for students, faculty, staff, and their local communities. Here are just a few highlights.

NCSAM Champions: Over 100 higher education institutions showed their support along with individuals, businesses, organizations, and government.

NCSAM Activities: More than 200 institutions shared their plans during the month of October. See what events took place by visiting the NCSAM Resource Kit.

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7 Ways to Use Tech to Improve College Student Success

Educational attainment, academic achievement, student persistence, learning and development, and college completion. The success of college students is getting more attention these days with rising expectations, greater accountability (yet shrinking budgets), and dismal statistics, like this one:

Only about one of every four community college students who take a remedial course graduates within eight years.

The reality we face in higher education today invites different approaches to promote student success.

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U.S. Dept. of Ed. Links State Authorization and Gainful Employment Regs.

Russ Poulin, Deputy Director of Research and Analysis at WCET, has posted an initial update on the U.S. Department of Education's new gainful employment regulations and the suprising link they include to the department's regulatory efforts on state authorization ( The department has not yet issued new regulations for distance education state authorization, so the state authorization requirements applied to gainful employment programs would not yet impact distance learning programs. However, the gainful employment document released by the department includes a reference to a future connection with as-yet-to-be-issued distance education state authorization requirements, which Russ highlights at the conclusion of his post.

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Cybersecurity and Crime

This week of National Cyber Security Awareness Month centers on law enforcement and looks at the criminal issues surrounding cybersecurity. What follows are three parts aimed at giving you a strategic and tactical understanding of crime committed across the world using networks. Questions to enrich your understanding appear at the end of the blog.

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Cyberbullying in Higher Education

By Navika Mahal and Vikram Kulothungan

Navika Mahal and Vikram Kulothungan are graduate students in the Master of Science in Information Security Policy and Management (MSISPM) program at Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University.

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7 Ways to Boost Your Tech Skills without Going Back to School

By Sameer Bhatia

Sameer Bhatia is founder and CEO of ProProfs.

In the rapidly changing tech world today, it is hardly an exaggeration to say that the skills you learned even just a year or so ago are fast on their way to becoming obsolete. Over the past few years, it has become essential for tech workers to engage in education as a lifelong pursuit — a constant cycle of learning, unlearning, and relearning — as new technologies become available and new knowledge and skills become in demand.

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Podcast: Effective Video for MOOCs

Elizabeth Evans is production lead at the Duke Digital Initiative. In this podcast interview, she explains how to produce effective video for instructors and why video is such an important component for connecting with students.

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Policy Presentation at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference

At EDUCAUSE’s 2014 Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, Jarret Cummings, the association’s director of policy and external relations, and its policy and government relations advisors, Josh Ulman and Jennifer Ortega, reported on the status of several public policy issues of importance to EDUCAUSE and its members. These issues included:

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EDUCAUSE Submits Net Neutrality Reply Comments and Participates in FCC Roundtable

On September 15, EDUCAUSE and eleven other higher education associations submitted reply comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on the agency’s current Open Internet Order and network neutrality proposal. The reply comments further clarified some of the concepts introduced in the coalition’s original comments submitted to the FCC on July 18.

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