Keeping up with the latest technology trends, software and products in higher ed can be like trying to drink from a firehose at times. Luckily, plenty of CIOs and other higher ed IT experts are blogging and sharing their expertise about how to apply new technology to classrooms. Here are a few blogs that sort out what you need to know—and can help you from drowning in all the information.
The weblog of regular UB columnist Kelly Walsh, CIO at The College of Westchester in White Plains, N.Y., explores the use of technology as an instructional tool and student success enabler. Walsh brings together a worldwide community of educators and technologists to cover other education-related topics.
ProfHacker offers tips, tutorials, and commentary on pedagogy, productivity, and technology in higher education. Regular features include Open Thread Wednesdays, Weekend Reading, Week in Review, and From the Archives. Content is tagged into categories such as teaching, productivity, software, hardwar, and analog.
Created by consultants Michael Feldstein and Phil Hill, e-Literate covers higher ed technology trends, particularly those related to instruction. Popular topics include learning management systems, online learning, higher education policy and data privacy.
Curated by the instructional technology and research support staff at Loyola University Chicago, this blog focuses on helping Loyola faculty integrate technology into teaching, learning and research. The advice and information applies to anyone interested in instructional tech.
Emporia State University’s IT blog offers classroom tech tips, security best practices and advice on the latest tech products and platforms. Recent subjects include Bluetooth trackers, writing-improvement apps, student AI devices and cybersecurity.
Former professor and current IT generalist Bob Plankers dives deep into a range of CIO-friendly and instructional tech topics, including hardware, security and automation. He also provides best practices, product reviews and how-to tutorials.
And one more for some fun
Author and illustrator Kyle Bowen is the director of education technology services at Penn State University, where he works to identify effective uses of technology for teaching and learning. He also oversees instructional design, faculty research support and digital media development. His Class Hack blog offers fun illustrations about edtech issues that can be used in presentation slides. (Kyle will be a presenter at UBTech 2019.)