How Higher Ed Institutions Use Technology to Communicate
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by Ryan Petersen
1d ago
No matter the industry, clear and effective communication channels are essential to keeping operations running smoothly. In higher education, for example, enrollment and retention are more important than ever, and staying in touch with internal and external stakeholders is key to attracting and keeping new students. Sharing stories of success, promoting new initiatives and keeping current students and staff engaged can all help in these efforts. Technology can play a critical role in making this communication happen clearly and concisely, and many higher education instituti ..read more
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Computing Device Programs Pave the Way to Digital Equity
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by Wylie Wong
3d ago
When first-year students arrive at the University of Kentucky, their first few weeks are a whirlwind of new experiences, from settling into their rooms in the residence halls and making new friends to exploring campus and adjusting to college-level classes. To support that transition and help them succeed, students also get new Apple iPad devices. For the past five years, UK has distributed an iPad Air, an Apple Magic Keyboard and an Apple Pencil to every first-time degree-seeking undergraduate student. About 25 percent of UK students come from families ..read more
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Integrated Audio Solutions Enable Hybrid Learning in Higher Education
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by Chris Hayhurst
5d ago
It’s good now that things have finally settled down, says Jon Bannan, director of user support services at The College of New Jersey. Looking back to the start of the pandemic, Bannan remembers how the evolving emergency led to “constantly changing” needs for classroom modifications that would allow the institution to keep its doors open. At first, he says, the solution was simple: His team installed microphones at the front of every room so teachers could speak while socially distanced and students in attendance could still hear them clearly. That worked well for a while, but t ..read more
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Universities Use Video Walls as Storytelling Tools
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by Erin Brereton
1w ago
In fall 2022, installation of Samsung’s large-scale immersive display technology, dubbed The Wall, helped update the lobby in Newhouse 1, the I.M. Pei-designed building that Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications added in 1964. The video wall gives the university’s communications school a dynamic way to depict students’ experiences. Five MicroLED video panels separated by a 3-inch gap are used to highlight program initiatives, such as film projects and student profiles, according to IT Director Brian Tibbens. “We wanted to tell our story as a sc ..read more
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Universities Migrate Research Computing to the Cloud
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by Calvin Hennick
1w ago
Research, notes Gaurav Shah, director of academic technologies at Bentley University, is essentially a sophisticated game of trial and error. When campus researchers use on-premises IT hardware to support their work, it can take some time to get the infrastructure set up — and when they inevitably encounter the “error” part of trial and error, the wait for additional resources can delay their groundbreaking work. The answer for many colleges and universities has been to move research computing to the public cloud. “If faculty find they need more resources, they’re just a cl ..read more
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What Are Ghost Students, and How Do They Operate?
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by Andy Viano
2w ago
The looming enrollment cliff and a slow recovery from pandemic-related enrollment dips have left higher education institutions across the country looking for ways to boost interest and applications from potential students. But not every bump in applications is a positive sign. In fact, the ease with which prospective students can now apply to college — and be accepted — is one of the factors behind a disturbing trend: the rise in so-called ghost students. These are scammers who misrepresent themselves as actual applicants but who are instead in search of fraudulent cre ..read more
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Q&A: Stan Waddell Shares How to Balance Cybersecurity with a University’s Mission
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by Jacquelyn Bengfort
2w ago
Stan Waddell, IT vice president and CIO at Carnegie Mellon University, spoke to EdTech on the lessons learned from his earlier roles, balancing information security with the mission of the university and managing the technological transformations underway. EDTECH: Before you were a CIO, you were a CISO and CTO. What was that transition like, and how does your experience impact your approach to your current position? WADDELL: I came up through the telecom industry and started with security when it was fairly new as a primary role in higher education. I made a shift from  ..read more
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Bowie State University Modernizes Physical Security System
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2w ago
In early 2021, Maurice Tyler, CIO and vice president of IT for Bowie State University, began evaluating the university’s legacy video surveillance system. At this historically Black college and university located in Bowie, Md., disparate video camera systems installed around campus didn’t communicate with each other. Tyler partnered with the facilities management and public safety departments to identify a solution, and the school chose to replace the aging system with a cohesive video surveillance solution from Verkada ..read more
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What Can Smart Buildings Do for Higher Ed Campuses?
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by Alexandra Frost
3w ago
Everything’s getting “smart.” Higher education institutions are no exception as technology innovators push them into the future by creating smart buildings as part of smart campuses and smart cities. Students are increasingly looking at what technology the universities they are considering bring to the table. To make that happen, university IT leaders are looking for ways to show students just what that technology can provide — for safety, security, accessibility, cost efficiency and sustainability. Here’s how. Click the banner below to learn about network solutions that ca ..read more
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