Arizona State University Selects GoingOn to Help Transform Student Engagement & Enrich Online Academic Life

GoingOn Networks, Inc. announced today that Arizona State University (ASU) has selected the GoingOn Academic Engagement Network to help foster new levels of engagement and collaboration across its campuses. The GoingOn platform provides ASU with an integrated solution for deploying an academic social network where students, faculty and administrators can more easily collaborate and share information outside the confines of their online courses.

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Steelcase Expands Collaboration Tools

Changes on today’s campuses are extraordinary. To address the changing needs of students and educators, Steelcase is introducing media:scape mobile to enhance the classroom collaboration experience at EduCause 2011, a conference for higher education IT.  Rapidly changing technology means new approaches to learning at the same time many instructors are embracing a more active – and interactive – style of instruction.

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Scality And Teamdrive Announce Secure And Scalable File-Sharing And Synchronization Solution For Private Clouds

Organic storage pioneer Scality and synchronization and collaboration specialist TeamDrive today announced the integration of Scality's cloud storage with TeamDrive's secure synchronization and collaboration solution. The result, a complete file-sharing and synchronization solution for private clouds, is aimed squarely at customers that want to provide a high degree of collaboration functionality and mobility, while also maintaining total security of data by encrypting data transfer and keeping it on their own infrastructure.

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A Crisis Is a Terrible Thing to Waste

Educating administrators for strategic financial literacy on a college campus

As I write this, the markets have tumbled again, the Chronicle notes "renewed jitters" at colleges and universities, and Moody's warns of a mounting backlog of deferred maintenance on campuses, a sign to rating agencies of weakened financial positions.

Blackboard Jumble

Center for Teaching & Learning, Regent University

Blackboard, the ubiquitous online course-management tool, is a valuable resource for faculty, staff, and administrators alike. However, its learning outcomes are only as good as the quality of material that faculty members use to build all of their courses on the back end—a typically lengthy process. So when Regent University (Va.) officials decided to add an undergraduate business major and approached the school’s Center for Teaching & Learning in April 2008 to develop and deploy 40 online courses over the next year, CTL staff knew they had to find a different way of doing things.

New Higher Education Leaders, New Cooperative Spirit

The politics of money makes surprising bedfellows in Minnesota’s higher education community.

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Acknowledging Achievement

The second year of the ongoing Models of Efficiency program continues to demonstrate that campus departments can be innovative and inspired when it comes to finding ways to provide superior service and maximize resources.

"We believe that improving the efficiency of administrative services yields cost savings and reputation benefits that can propel a college into the top tier of success," noted Miles Lasater, chief operations officer and cofounder of Higher One, which has sponsored the Models of Efficiency program from the start.

What's New

Couldn't make it to Orlando for EduComm and InfoComm? Here's what you missed.

Green Offices: Setting a Standard

Programs that allow campus offices to become officially certified green in operations can pack a one-two staff engagement punch. In Bowen Close's experience overseeing sustainability as assistant director of facilities and campus services at Pomona College (Calif.), initially people already interested in improving their environmental impacts get engaged in the structure and assistance that such a program offers. As they work to get their colleagues involved in the effort, their enthusiasm is contagious.

Open or Closed? Considerations for Collaborative Study Spaces

Once administrators decide to focus on adding more group study areas to campus, a key question to answer is this: Should the spaces be out in the open or behind closed doors? "Rooms can be big and open, or they can be private rooms, which can be very modest," says Michael Prifti, managing principal of BLT Associates.