Does Your University Have the Infrastructure to Support Modern Learning?
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by Amanda Mellens
8h ago
An increase in remote learning, more student and staff devices, and more physical bodies returning to campus all can stress a university’s IT infrastructure. In turn, higher education institutions are looking to incorporate more technology to provide the services students and staff are after, from dipping into the metaverse to enhancing video solutions. Universities must have the technical backbone to support all these new developments and be ready to build upon it when more bandwidth is needed. Does your university have an adequate infrastructure in place? We’ve seen the many stresses placed ..read more
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How Higher Ed Institutions Are Responding to Google Storage Limits
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by Michael Hickey
2d ago
Higher education IT departments have been confronting cloud storage dilemmas since Google established limits on the service last year. Google, which has long offered some of its services free to universities, is now capping the amount of free cloud storage available to institutions at 100 terabytes across Drive, Gmail, Photos and other apps that are part of the Google Workspace for Education suite. That number may seem high, but it’s insufficient for universities, particularly research universities, that can have tens of thousands of users storing data. Take the Univer ..read more
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How Higher Ed Can Keep Up With Evolving Data Environments
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by Mike Bushong
5d ago
One of the few things more complex than a cloud network is an enterprise network. The diversity of applications and the burden of legacy technology place ridiculous requirements on enterprise networks, and the price of those requirements is paid with the individual efforts required to keep things up and running. What’s more complex than an enterprise network? A higher education network. Imagine the intricacies of a multisite operation supporting numerous departments spread across dozens of buildings that house thousands of students, all maintained by a group of people roughly a tenth of the ..read more
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Q&A: Sergio Brack’s Rapid Rise Leads to University of Maryland Esports
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by Amy Burroughs
6d ago
As an undergraduate, Sergio Brack made a name for himself as co-founder of College CoD — the College Call of Duty league — and president of the University of Mississippi’s esports organization. After graduating in 2020, he became director of esports at Ottawa University in Kansas. Today, he directs the esports program at the University of Maryland. He spoke with EdTech: Focus on Higher Education about his path to success, college-to-career pathways and the need to improve diversity within the sport. EDTECH: When you graduated two years ago, would you hav ..read more
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What Is Digital Literacy for Higher Ed Faculty? 5 Important Skills to Teach
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by Michael Hickey
1w ago
Digital literacy can be a bit nebulous and difficult to define. The concept is broad, ranging from using specific learning tools and honing general digital skills to developing media literacy. In the context of higher education, what should digital literacy mean? In what key areas should higher ed faculty members become most literate? According to EDUCAUSE, the concept of digital literacy “encompasses a range of skills and knowledge necessary to evaluate, use, and create digital information in various forms. Digital literacies include data literacy, information literacy, visual literacy ..read more
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How to Create a Flexible Learning Environment in Higher Ed
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by Andy Viano
1w ago
What we think of as traditional classrooms are fading into the past. Rigid classroom designs with rows of forward-facing seats with an instructor at the head of the class are increasingly vestiges of a bygone era in education. Today, students might be experiencing a course from their seats inside a classroom, or they could be working from home, or from a coffee shop, or participating asynchronously several hours later. To accommodate all of that within the same course and the same teaching space requires flexibility. But simply promising to offer options to learners is not enough. Classroom ..read more
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3 Foundational Models Shaping Higher Ed IT
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by Amy McIntosh
1w ago
Every year, EDUCAUSE releases its list of top 10 IT issues for the coming year, giving higher education IT leaders an idea of the trends they can expect to see in learning, administration, workforce and emerging technology. Susan Grajek, vice president of partnerships, communities and research at EDUCAUSE, presented the most recent list at the organization’s annual conference in Denver. The report features the input of higher education leaders from the U.S. and the U.K. and focuses on the concept of foundation models. “I think the most important takeaway is that it’ll ..read more
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Gift from NVIDIA Founder Helps Create Oregon State University Research Center
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by Andy Viano
1w ago
Oregon State University has announced plans to build a $200 million research and education center on its campus in Corvallis, a facility funded in part by a large donation from NVIDIA founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang and his wife, Lori. The Huangs are both OSU graduates. The center will “harness one of the nation’s most powerful supercomputers and team-based research in artificial intelligence, materials science and robotics,” according to a press release. OSU President Jayathi Murthy said the 150,000-square-foot, three-story facility is scheduled to open in 2025 and will als ..read more
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Computer Science Education Provides Recession-Proof Job Opportunities
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by Cindy Casey
1w ago
Lack of hands-on experience is one of the biggest obstacles for recent computer information science graduates seeking employment. An inexperienced employee can become a liability for an employer due to potential errors and omissions that could lead to software or network vulnerabilities or privacy risks. Although recent graduates may be tech savvy, eager to learn and flexible, employers may not have the time or resources to train employees with no experience. To overcome this hurdle, universities may need to reevaluate their computer information science curriculum. CIS instructional ..read more
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How Can Generative AI Be Used in Higher Ed?
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by Suchi Rudra
2w ago
Noticed any fantasy-inspired portrait posts showing up on your social media feeds lately? You might just be looking at artificial intelligence-generated content, a new development in the exponentially expanding world of AI tech that has emerged over the past few years. Platforms like Stable Diffusion and DALL-E 2 allow users to input a text prompt, which creates an AI-generated image that may or may not accurately reflect what the user intended. Microsoft recently announced that it will be adding AI image generation to the Office 365 suite, allowing ..read more
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