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Infrastructure References

Higher Education Cloud Vendor Assessment Tool: Campus IT environments are rapidly changing and the speed of cloud service adoption is increasing. As campuses deploy or identify cloud services, they must ensure the cloud services are appropriately assessed for managing the risks to the confidentiality, integrity and availability of sensitive institutional information and the PII of constituents. Both cloud providers and cloud consumers are wasting precious time creating, responding, and reviewing such assessments.

The Higher Education Cloud Vendor Assessment Tool (HECVAT) attempts to generalize higher education information security and data protection questions and issues regarding cloud services for consistency and ease of use. The matrix:

  • Helps higher education institutions ensure that cloud services are appropriately assessed for security and privacy needs, including some that are unique to higher education
  • Allows a consistent, easily-adopted methodology for campuses wishing to reduce costs through cloud services without increasing risks
  • Reduces the burden that cloud service providers face in responding to requests for security assessments from higher education institutions


How Technology is Taking Higher Ed Learning Spaces to New Heights: In the physical classroom as well as online, colleges, and universities are using artificial intelligence and machine learning, innovative instructional techniques, and more inclusive educational experiences to broaden their offerings and better prepare students for the workforce upon graduation. This article lists out a few ways technology is transforming learning spaces.

What’s Important and Where to Focus in 2019, the Top 10 IT Issues in Higher Education: The 2019 issues selected by members of the EDUCAUSE community which reveal the broader strategic impact of technology on the entire institution.

The Chronicle of Higher Education – Artificial Intelligence and Chatbots in Higher Education: From human resources to teaching to IT, artificial intelligence (AI) and chatbots offer ways to improve and streamline processes across institutions. Some colleges are even using AI to screen applicants and answer routine questions about enrollment. Read more…

The Learning Space Rating System (LSRS)
Project provides a set of measurable criteria to assess how well the design of classrooms support and enable active learning.

Learning Management Systems (LMS)
Selecting and purchasing a learning management system has become a major financial and strategic decision for colleges and universities. As the commercial LMS vendor sector shrinks due to company consolidation, schools are considering open source systems as a viable option for their learning management needs. Please send us your RFPs, vendor analysis or other LMS selection process resources to share with the community.

Massive iPad Deployment at OSU Paying Long-Term Dividends in Higher Education: Following the rollout to over 11,000 iPads to the 2018 freshman class, Ohio State University has started to see the benefits of their ambitious program including improvements in grades, higher campus engagement, and the eventual savings of millions of dollars for students.