Educause 2006 highlights: this year's conference focused on the theme "spurring innovation and marshalling resources.".
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Study beyond the level of secondary education. Institutions of higher education include not only colleges and universities but also professional schools in such fields as law, theology, medicine, business, music, and art. , and this year's expo, held in Dallas in October, was no exception. Attendees got sneak peaks at new products planned for early '07 rollout and saw the first fruits of some much discussed mergers from last year's conference.
In the Pioneering New Territory and Technologies session, members of an Evolving Technologies Committee presented their visions on how institutions can reach their full potential as pioneers in the use of evolving technologies. They pointed to three institutions leading the way:
* Drexel University Drexel University, at Philadelphia, Pa.; coeducational; founded 1891 by Anthony J. Drexel, opened 1892, chartered 1894 as Drexel Institute of Art, Science, and Industry. It was renamed Drexel Institute of Technology in 1936 and gained university status in 1970. (Pa.), for its plan to fund only one more generation of campus wireless technology, which will be replaced by a move to personal broadband technologies
* Wake Forest University (N.C.), for its Mobile University, Mobile You initiative, which demonstrates the value of speech-enabled smart phones
* University of Notre Dame Notre Dame IPA: [nɔtʁ dam] is French for Our Lady, referring to the Virgin Mary. In the United States of America, Notre Dame (Ind.), for being one of the first major schools to completely remove mandatory landlines from its dorms
Speakers also highlighted the pros and cons pros and cons
the advantages and disadvantages of a situation [Latin pro for + con(tra) against] of open-source learning management systems, which are expected to coexist with commercial platforms for the next few years; Web 2.0 applications, which are low cost or free and aspiring to be mainstream; and the evolution of portals to "vortals" in research.
Here's a look at some of the products and innovations announced at the show that caught our eye.
BY THE NUMBERS
With increased calls for demonstrable student outcomes--and in anticipation of what may come out of the Spellings Commission summit next spring--several vendors introduced new or updated products geared to complying with outcomes reporting.
Blackboard (www.blackboard.com) announced development of the Blackboard Outcomes System, a comprehensive software solution to meet the needs of the entire enterprise for coordinated outcome assessment. IHEs are looking for Looking for
In the context of general equities, this describing a buy interest in which a dealer is asked to offer stock, often involving a capital commitment. Antithesis of in touch with. ways to meet accreditation requirements for student learning outcomes; communicate their effectiveness to parents, businesses, government, and other stakeholders; and comply with accountability requirements. Due next year, the Outcomes System will help improve institutional effectiveness at each level. It's designed to provide better transparency into outcomes for effective decision-making and resource allocation resource allocation Managed care The constellation of activities and decisions which form the basis for prioritizing health care needs , and it will streamline regional and specialized compliance requirements Compliance requirements are a series of directives established by United States Federal government agencies that summarize hundreds of Federal laws and regulations applicable to Federal assistance (also known as Federal aid or Federal funds). .
Desire2Learn (www.desire21earn.com) unveiled the latest version of its Enterprise eLearning Suite to provide solutions for institutions to measure and assess organizational effectiveness Organizational effectiveness is the concept of how effective an organization is in achieving the outcomes the organization intends to produce. The idea of organizational effectiveness is especially important for non-profit organizations as most people who donate money to non-profit and learner outcomes. Components include the Learning Environment 8.1, Learning Repository 3.5, and LiveRoom 4. The Enterprise eLearning Suite Learning Environment 8.1 gives faculty new options for measuring competencies and learning outcomes, as well as reporting and data warehousing See data warehouse.
data warehousing - data warehouse , special e-mail features, and blogging capabilities for communication and collaboration.
Datatel (www.datatel.com) introduced the ActiveCampus Experience to give faculty, staff, students, and alumni complete access to the information and enterprise resources they need to achieve their goals. Datatel is teaming with SAS (1) (SAS Institute Inc., Cary, NC, www.sas.com) A software company that specializes in data warehousing and decision support software based on the SAS System. Founded in 1976, SAS is one of the world's largest privately held software companies. See SAS System. , Microsoft, and others to help IHEs engage constituents in the ActiveCampus Experience, delivering solutions that streamline the flow of information, increase productivity, and improve job satisfaction.
ActiveCampus components include: The ActiveCampus Portal to aggregate, organize, and locate information; ActiveAdmissions 2.0, an online recruiting solution to reach recruitment goals in terms of quantity and quality; ActiveAlumni 2.0, an e-Marketing solution that helps engage, build, and grow personalized relationships with alumni and donors; ActiveCampus CMS (1) See content management system and color management system.
(2) (Conversational Monitor System) Software that provides interactive communications for IBM's VM operating system. , a content management system that enables users to create and fully control web content across the campus environment; and Colleague Advancement, a fundraising and advancement solution.
WORKING WITH THE WEB
Google (www.google.com), the search engine whose name has become a verb, introduced new features for its Google Apps A collection of Google applications and utilities that is offered as a package either free or paid. In 2007, Google combined its e-mail, instant messaging, calendar, word processing, spreadsheet and Web authoring applications along with administration utilities into Standard and Premier for Education. Google Apps for Education enables institutions to offer innovative e-mail, instant messaging Exchanging text messages in real time between two or more people logged into a particular instant messaging (IM) service. Instant messaging is more interactive than e-mail because messages are sent immediately, whereas e-mail messages can be queued up in a mail server for seconds or , and calendaring, all hosted by Google, so there's no hardware or software to install or maintain. The company also announced beta testing (programming) beta testing - Testing a pre-release (potentially unreliable) version of a piece of software by making it available to selected users. This term derives from early 1960s terminology for product cycle checkpoints, first used at IBM but later standard throughout the of new web-based APIs (Application Program Interface) that make it easier for organizations to integrate their user directory, single sign-on systems, and mail gateways with Google Apps for Education.
Adobe (www.adobe.com) has a number of new and updated products, the first batch to result from its acquisition of Macromedia last year. Adobe Acrobat 8, the latest edition of the PDF (Portable Document Format) The de facto standard for document publishing from Adobe. On the Web, there are countless brochures, data sheets, white papers and technical manuals in the PDF format. document creator, allows users to combine, share, and control media-rich PDF documents for easy collaboration and electronic workflow. Faculty and administrators can host real-time meetings or classes and enhance professional development seminars with Adobe's web-conferencing and collaboration software. Acrobat Connect Professional (formerly Macromedia Breeze) is a web conferencing system with collaboration tools such as chat and document sharing. Adobe Captivate 2 enables creation of simulations, software demonstrations, and scenario-based learning in Flash format--without the need for programming knowledge or multimedia skills. Adobe Presenter 6 adds rich-media functions to Microsoft PowerPoint presentations for creating narrated e-learning courses and on-demand presentations. Presenter converts PowerPoints into Adobe Flash format and publishes them to the web for viewers to access at their convenience.
Cascade Server Version 4.6 from Hannon Hill Corporation (www.hannonhill.com) is a powerful web content management solution that gives users the freedom to easily manage internet, intranet, extranet, and portal content. Version 4.6 adds new features and functions, including faster publishing speeds and better reporting, additional enhancements to the web services API for audit trails and workflow interaction, and an improved configuration interface.
IN THE CLASSROOM
The SMART Board 600i (www.smarttech.com) interactive whiteboard system combines a SMART Board interactive whiteboard The SMART Board interactive whiteboard is a product of SMART Technologies. It is a large, touch-controlled screen that works with a projector and a computer. The projector throws the computer’s desktop image onto the interactive whiteboard, which acts as both a monitor and an input and a Unifi projector with an integrated audio system. The projector mounts directly above the interactive whiteboard rather than from the ceiling, giving new flexibility to learning space design. Projector and audio controls are accessed from a single location, and users can write over video without a connected computer.
CRM (Customer Relationship Management) An integrated information system that is used to plan, schedule and control the presales and postsales activities in an organization. 7.1 is the latest version of Talisma's (www.talisma.com) multi-channel Constituent Relationship Management solution for higher ed, with 40-plus new features and enhancements for increased functionality. Features include: the Event Management Module for automated workflow processes in creating, managing, tracking, and reporting events; a Web Form Generator to produce and manage web forms; and Web Services Integration to integrate with third-party and legacy applications. Talisma CRM 7.1 includes the ability to add standalone portal components to a website, single sign-on for support, and prepackaged pre·pack·age
tr.v. pre·pack·aged, pre·pack·ag·ing, pre·pack·ag·es
To wrap or package (a product) before marketing.
Adj. 1. , yet customizable, student portal.
Apreso's (www.apreso.com) Coursecaster is a lecture capture appliance designed to eliminate support, IT, and AV barriers to adoption. It can be mounted on a podium or an equipment rack. Built on an embedded Linux operating system, Coursecaster is leading the push toward standards-based solutions for enterprise lecture capture. Leveraging QuickTime, H.264, and AAC (Advanced Audio Coding) An audio compression technology that is part of the MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 standards. AAC, especially MPEG-4 AAC, provides greater compression and better sound quality than MP3, which also came out of the MPEG standard. for media capture, and Linux, XML XML
in full Extensible Markup Language.
Markup language developed to be a simplified and more structural version of SGML. It incorporates features of HTML (e.g., hypertext linking), but is designed to overcome some of HTML's limitations. , and Web Services for management and administration, Apreso Coursecaster is built to future-proof interoperability with key university systems.
Hitachi Software (www.hitachi-soft.com) unveiled a number of new interactive StarBoard software, tablet, and whiteboard products. In addition to new multiplatform support, the company introduced a new Bluetooth tablet, BT-2G. The StarBoard BT-2G Bluetooth Wireless System Tablet is a lightweight, handheld, pen-operated Bluetooth tablet accessory that enables wireless remote operation from a range of 65 feet. StarBoard Software Version 7.1 allows a wireless two-button pen device to function as a mouse to operate the PC or as a pen to annotate annotate - annotation and edit documents, which can be saved as screen shots in StarBoard Software or as Windows software applications. The company also launched the new StarBoard Software LE Version 2.0 for Mac users, expanding StarBoard technology applications to a previously untapped user base.
Centra Live for Virtual Classes (www.saba.com/centra-saba) claims to replicate typical classroom interaction with a complete set of features for highly interactive, effective group learning-bringing together voice, video, data and graphics in a structured online learning environment for up to 500 simultaneous users. Reach users anywhere; only a web browser The program that serves as your front end to the Web on the Internet. In order to view a site, you type its address (URL) into the browser's Location field; for example, www.computerlanguage.com, and the home page of that site is downloaded to you. is required to attend. The Centra Live for Virtual Classes interface has a complete feature set for highly interactive, effective group learning.