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Technology and Work

Diana Oblinger and Joanne Dehoney

This is the third in a blog series describing five “metatrends,” drawn from a review of articles in industry IT press, that affect CIOs in all IT sectors:

·      Challenges of scale

·      Analytics

·      Technology and work

·      Business value

·      Competition and control

Each post in the Future Slant blog will describe one of these trends, suggesting implications for higher education.

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OAAI: Deploying an Open Ecosystem for Learner Analytics

This podcast features an interview with Senior Academic Technology Officer for Marist College, Josh Baron. In this conversation with John Bucher, Baron discusses the Open Academic Analytics Initiative.

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Making Your Online Content Accessible

This podcast features an interview with Senior Instructional Designer and Accessibility Specialist for Drexel University, Dan Allen, and Director of Technology Strategies for the University of Virginia, Judith Giering. In this discussion with Jon Bucher, they talk about strategies for making content more accessible to more people.

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Administrative IT Strategy at the University of California, San Diego

This podcast features an interview with Chief Enterprise Technology Officer for the University of California, San Diego, Min Yao. In this conversation with Beth Warner, he lays out the current and future state of administrative IT at his institution, and weighs in on various issues surrounding administrative IT strategies.

 

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Breaking the Barriers Between High School and Higher Ed

What is one of the biggest barriers for students transitioning from high school to college?

As it turns out, it’s not test scores or grades; it’s what’s in their bank account.

How do we know? John Squires, the Math Department Head at Chattanooga State Community College, and director of its U Do the Math program, has done the research.

In his session at ISTE 2014 titled, Perforating the Boundary Between Secondary Education and Career Readiness/Higher Education, Squires suggested that one of the biggest barriers for students to move from high school to college involves money. Moderate and upper income high school students are able to take advantage of the courses and materials that lower income students cannot.

How to break the barrier
Make high quality, affordable courses available

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Top 10 Blogs about Postsecondary Next Gen Learning

What blogs do you read and rely on to stay up-to-date with the latest developments in – or speculations about – next generation learning? My NGLC colleague Stefanie Blouin surveyed the K-12 community earlier this summer and came up with an interesting list of ten top blogs in that important sector. Following suit, we asked the same question of NGLC’s postsecondary grantees. Here are the top vote-getters, along with some other noteworthy ones respondents mentioned:

1. Wired Campus, a blog of the Chronicle of Higher Education

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CIOs and Campus IT: Summer Technology Projects, by Theresa Rowe

Theresa Rowe is CIO at Oakland University.

Summer is a busy and exciting time for advancement of new tech initiatives and tech renewal projects. Campus CIOs generally expect to handle a mix of change-oriented projects during the summer, despite many programs and courses operating all summer. The mix of good weather in many parts of the country and reduced expectations for traditional support make summer an ideal time for change. CIOs shared their summer tech projects in an Educause CIO list discussion.

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Completing the Circle

As IT leaders, our singular focus shouldn’t be to partner with the business or to align our work with the strategic goals of the enterprise; it should be to develop our staff into business professionals who add value through the use of technology. If we do that, both partnerships and alignment become givens. If our profession is to complete this circle of transformation, we have to dramatically rethink our approach regarding the professional development of the IT staff working throughout our organizations.
 
Advances in technology, including the wide availability of cloud services, now allow us to shift our organizational focus away from the care and feeding of technology to the intersection of people, business needs, and the imperative to add value in whatever we do. Technicians focus on technical skills and the delivery of technology as the essential ingredients for personal and professional success.

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Postsecondary Trending Now: Competency-Based Education

When the Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed both report on a development on the same day, you can bet it’s “trending now.” That happened last week when the US Department of Education made a significant policy move, issuing its long-anticipated invitation to colleges and universities to experiment with competency-based programs.

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Design Thinking and Business Models in Higher Education

A large crowd formed in the center of the ballroom. Institutional leaders were cheering for their teammates. Intense energy and excitement permeated the room.

The final round of Rock, Paper, Scissors was on.

This is how Greg Warman of Experience Point chose to ‘break the ice’ for Breakthrough Models Incubator teams. It readied participants for a rousing half-day Design Thinking session, which incorporated a variety of exercises intended to flex their creative muscles.

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Senate Bill Aims to Strengthen National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center

On June 24, Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Senator Thomas Carper (D-DE), introduced S. 2519, the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center Act of 2014.  The bill aims to codify the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) role as the hub for the public and private sector information sharing on the fight against cyber threats. The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs approved the legislation on June 25, the day after the bill was introduced.

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USPTO and NTIA Continue Efforts to Reform DMCA Notice-Takedown Process

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) continue to conduct meetings with stakeholders to discuss possible improvements to the notice and takedown process required under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

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House Republicans Look to Block FCC Action on Net Neutrality

Republicans in the House of Representatives are attempting to limit the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) ability to act on network neutrality.

On May 28, Representative Bob Latta (R-OH) introduced H.R. 4752, which would prohibit the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from reclassifying Internet service providers (ISP) as common carrier services. According to Latta, reclassification would result in heavy regulations for the industry, destroying competition and innovation.

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Senate and House Preparing for Higher Ed Reauthorization

At the end of June, both Senate Democrats and House Republicans began drafting and introducing legislation to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, which was most recently reauthorized in 2008. The proposed bills incorporate various measures designed to hold higher education institutions accountable for rising tuition costs and supplying students with reliable and accurate information regarding student loans, federal student aid, and other relevant data. The two chambers and political parties are tackling the issues using very different strategies, however.

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Steven Mintz: Three Radical Innovations by 2015

In this interview, Steven Mintz mentions three innovations that he believes will transform modern higher education.

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EDUCAUSE Advances Net Neutrality Principles, Positions

Summary: Earlier this year, the FCC launched a new net neutrality rule-making process to restore protections lost when its previous rules were overturned. EDUCAUSE joined with several higher education and library organizations to propose principles on which the FCC should base its new rules, as well as to submit comments indicating the shape the rules might take given the principles. The FCC will accept responses to initial public comments through September 10; EDUCAUSE and its partners will work during this period to generate responses supporting our principles and positions.

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ELI Podcast: New Syndication Methods

In this podcast with Alisa Cooper, faculty member at Glendale Community College, we discuss how new syndication methods support learning.


Syndication is the process by which content from a single source is distributed in multiple other venues. Web syndication applies the principles of discovery and distribution to the online environment, with more producers of information, more formats for content, and more channels of distribution. Syndication in this context encompasses both the production and consumption of content, and a growing number of web users take advantage of web syndication to organize and filter content from social media, blogs, news, and other sources.

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Hoisted by My Own Petard

This will be my final post in the “Got a Minute?” blog series: I am wrapping up my time as EDUCAUSE Presidential Fellow. I’ll spare everyone (including me!) the long goodbye; it has been a privilege and an honor to serve in this role advising EDUCAUSE President Diana Oblinger, the staff of this wonderful association, and my colleagues and friends in the membership. I thought, in parting, to leave you with the following story, hoping that it will have value as a cautionary tale. We do live in challenging times. See you around the campus.

Back in December 2013, I wrote a blog post titled “Risk and Compliance: The Threat of Mission Not Accomplished.” Little did I know I was foreshadowing my future. Quoting myself:

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What will be the next wave of classroom technology?

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

At orientation this past week, I was talking with an incoming freshman and her family about an app we’re working on "for students with smartphones." Her 16-year-old brother's immediate reply was, "who doesn't have a smartphone?" It's hard to believe, but today’s incoming freshmen were going into 7th grade when the iTunes App Store launched. So now that apparently "everyone" has a smartphone, it begs the question of "what's next?"

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The Space Between—and the Secret of Scale

Understanding how best to scale information technology is a challenge facing all segments of higher education, but perhaps the campus area most critically affected is administrative/enterprise systems.

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