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Preliminary research emerging from a $50 million grant from the MacArthur Foundation indicates that simulation and role-playing games are proving to be powerful educational tools for building vocabulary, reasoning and social skills.
Killer e-Marketing Tools
The latest award-wining apps for higher education, courtesy of the ClickZ Marketing Excellence Awards. By Joe Dysart.
YouTube: The top ten uses cited by experienced users
While YouTube has emerged as a marketing juggernaut for colleges and universities, many campuses are also discovering that the free video-sharing service has scores of other uses—all of which are also free for the taking. By Joe Dysart.
Kirk to Enterprise
In three years or less the number of mobile phones with access to the web will overtake the number of personal computers. How will your campus web pages look to those viewers? By Joe Dysart.
Mashup, Not Mess Up Your Recruiting Website
Free, or nearly free, digital applications transform your web presence into a thriving social network brimming with interactivity and eye candy. Combine several several of them to create a new, more robust application and you have a "mashup."
90 percent of parents choose their kids' colleges on the web
We reprise one of our most popular articles of 2009. It's even more topical today. Nearly all parents researching colleges and universities for their kids are turning to the web for information. And they have high expectations of a college's site.
YouTube: Top Ten Free Campus Uses
Campuses are discovering that the free video-sharing service has scores of other uses – all of which are also free for the taking. By Joe Dysart.
While most businesses have soundly rejected Vista, and are tenaciously hanging on to Windows XP until Microsoft comes up with a better operating system, the day of reckoning approaches.
Add affordable and effective social networking as a student retention tool
Software vendors are making social networking for colleges an affordable retention tool.
NCSU’s cloud computing initiative: For every K-20 student, complete access
Partnering with IBM, North Carolina State University is working to promote web access to virtually all the applications running in its Virtual Computing Lab to every K-20 student in North Carolina.
Stonehill College: A killer website for student recruiting
The National Research Center for College and University Admissions gave Stonehill College top marks on its admissions website this year. Another 134 colleges also received an A rating.
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Dwindling internet? Some question cries of impending doom
Dig deep enough, and you'll find people with facts and figures that internet usage growth is actually slowing or declining.
Dwindling internet: Fact or myth?
Studies released by Nemertes Research and IDC Research indicate an internet slowdown could arrive in two-to-five years.
Distance learning’s scramble for
Buried in the fine print of the Higher Education Act is a thorny provision that requires distance learning institutions to authenticate the identities of students who are taking tests and earning credits.
New emergency alert systems will deploy in abundance during 2008-09
Results of a Campus Safety Magazine's study on emergency campus alert text message systems.
Windows XP: The stand-off intensifies
By pulling the plug on Windows XP, Microsoft is hoping its old pals will finally blink, cry uncle, and take their medicine.
The re-invented web:
What higher ed can expect
Higher ed institutions can look forward to an internet where it’s much easier to collaborate, much easier to innovate and much easier to manipulate data and software on a wide variety of net-friendly devices.
New recruitment portals offer highly specific student searches
Three new web tool-makers want to help you add some sparkle to your incoming student body.
Eastern Michigan’s $350,000 fine
The U.S. Department of Education’s recent decision to fine Eastern Michigan University $350,000 for failing to adequately warn its community about an on-campus rape/murder should give pause to any institution without a sophisticated security alert system.
RSS - The New E-mail
As your webmaster will tell you, RSS-enabled web pages, newsletters and the like are for many, supplanting e-mail as the preferred medium for web communications.
Brave new web: NSF and university researchers float plans to completely remake the internet
The National Science Foundation has released a draft plan that would scrap the internet as we know it, and replace it with one that is much more secure and elegant.
Salve for the Software Learning Blues:
Quick-Fix Web Videos
There are several instructional online tutorials available on the web.
Free Pass: Bullet-Proofing Your E-mails Against Aggressive Spam Filters
The Greentree Gazette. What's New, by Joe Dysart. Free Pass: Bullet-Proofing Your E-mails Against Aggressive Spam Filters.
New directions in internet faculty and staff recruiting
Internet recruiting has become a sophisticated interactive engine with the ability automate many of the initial stages of the hiring process for college faculty and staff.
WiFi Campuses: Easy pickings for identity thieves
WiFi-enabled college campuses are easy pickings for identity thieves and other hackers, since few notebook users know how to protect themselves from wireless intruders, according to WiFi security experts.
Google's Siren Song: Free Apps for Education
Add Google to the onslaught of major U.S. high tech corporations falling all over themselves to offer free services to college and university students.
Not quite the Star Trek holodeck, but close
Iowa State recently dropped nearly $5 million to upgrade its C6 virtual reality room, essentially ratcheting up the facility's imaging resolution to double that of any other similar VR room on the planet.
$100 Million in Grant Money Available For Global Warming Research
Universities researching here-and-now solutions to global warming stand the best chance of snagging part of the $100 million in grant money that's been offered up for the cause by The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF).
Universities and music piracy liability are in the crosshairs of Congress
While the RIAA has been railing against illegal downloads by college kids for years, more than a few universities sat up and took notice in May when nineteen top institutions received written notice from Congress that the piracy had to stop – or the insti
Best of breed: Top ten college admission websites
Top ten admissions website ratings by the National Research Center for College & University Admissions single out college and university websites that make applying for college a breeze.
Universities jump into the social network game
The University of Pennsylvania will be going live with a new,'Penn Live' portal this fall – a kind of MySpace for really smart people –produced by Microsoft-powered for free.
Mitigating the school massacre threat
Alarmed by the disturbing recurrence of school shootings plaguing institutions, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has pulled together a wide spectrum of planning and mitigation resources.
P2P Networks: When your entire hard drive becomes public
Many users of file-sharing networks like LimeWire are waking up to the hard fact that they’ve shared much more than music files by joining such communities. In some cases, they’ve shared the entire contents of their PC’s hard drive.
P2P Networks: New Legal Liability Looms
Add another thorny twist to the legal thicket around P2P networks: potential legal liability for files that are being ‘inadvertently’ shared over such networks.
Vista: For some, a sweet parting, sans sorrow
Fed up with Windows upgrades that always seem half-baked and always prove inconvenient, some universities are forsaking Microsoft and migrating to that grim reaper of proprietary software: open source Linux.
Online marketing for 2008: Spending to spike
A solid 50 percent of colleges and universities plan to boost their online marketing spending in 2008.
Vista: In Virginia, nothing but blue-sky install
As one of the earliest adopters of Windows Vista, the Southwest Virgina Higher Education Center in Abingdon has nothing but praise for Microsoft’s new operating system.
Anti-Plagiarism Software: A Start But No Panacea
While the rampant rise in plagiarism at college campuses has triggered a cottage industry in anti-plagiarism software, the efficacy of these tools remains fuzzy.
Next big thing: Molasses-slow university web sites?
Slower download times for university web sites edged a bit closer to reality recently when the U.S. Department of Justice recommended against the concept of “net neutrality,” or equal access for all on the Internet.
Push for Net Neutrality intensifies
Lawmakers are again threatening to legislate Net Neutrality – or the concept of equal Internet access for all – in light of recent reports that Comcast is discriminating against some users.
Quashing the P2P Security Threat
Universities looking to get a firmer grasp on the P2P threat can go a step further by adding a hardware/software appliance that is specifically designed to sniff out unauthorized P2P use, and either block or throttle such access. Here’s a representative s
Net neutrality: Higher education's pivotal role
Given that higher education first popularized the internet, it only makes sense that this same community is playing a pivotal role in preserving Net Neutrality.
3D virtual college fair provides another way to reach prospective students
More than fifty colleges and universities are recruiting prospective students in an online 3D virtual fair this week, which features live video presentations by college shopping experts and one-to-one text and video chats between admissions officers and a
Online learning: Continued robust growth in 2008
Researchers are predicting continued robust growth in online learning during 2008, with most new registrations popping up at institutions already embracing the market.
Tide shifts in favor of Net Neutrality
In a surprise move, the Federal Communications Commission has begun sending signals that it may begin cracking down on telcos and cable companies that are thwarting Net Neutrality. Previously, the FCC had taken a hands-off approach on safeguarding such ac
Outlook 2007: One small misstep for Microsoft, one giant leap back for e-mail marketing
Microsoft's Outlook 2007 is actually a giant leap back for email marketing regularly shredding emails relying on high-end imaging, animation and design.
Self-Destructing E-mail: Safeguarding Your Privacy
The Greentree Gazette: What's New, by Joe Dysart. Self-Destructing E-mail: Safeguarding Your Privacy.
Red flag on Vista “Big Fix”
Microsoft yanked public distribution of its first major update to Vista last week, after widespread reports that the long-anticipated fix is causing some PCs to malfunction.
Another E-mail Alternative
The Greentree Gazette: What's New. Another E-mail Alternative, by Joe Dysart.
Vista: Pretty, but does it play well with others?
While the release of every new Windows operating system has been accompanied by compatibility issues, Vista seems to have more than usual.
RFID Credit Cards: Are they ready for prime time?
The Greentree Gazette: What's New. RFID Credit Cards: Are they ready for prime time, by Joe Dysart.
Don’t belly-flop your blog launch
The Greentree Gazette: Mistake of the Week. Don’t belly-flop your blog launch, by Joe Dysart.
Virginia Tech massacre spurs interest in emergency text alert systems
In the aftermath of Virginia Tech massacre, many colleges are implementing cell phone text emergency alert systems to quickly spread word of current or threatening campus-wide emergencies.
YouTube to universities:
We’ll do your web video for free
YouTube has a deal and video tools for your university website.
Internet recruiting aids institutional job hiring
Internet recruiting has become a sophisticated interactive engine with the ability to automate many of the initial stages of the hiring process.
Apple wants to host your professors' lectures for free
Free offers are routine marketing tactics, but Apple's offer to host college professors' lectures on the web for free is still a stand-out.
Get hip to the favorite e-technology of your students: live chat
Anyone who's watched a young person juggle 16 instant message conversations while noshing pizza, watching American Idol and fighting with a sibling knows live text chat is her generation's e-techology.
Next Generation Web Sites — Courtesy of AJAX
The next time you come across a university web site that roars through interactions like a Lamborghini, think AJAX. Chances are, the site is using this new programming technique to leave web visitors satisfied much more quickly - and just a bit awestruck.
E-mail Tracking: Precisely Measure The Punch of Any E-mail Campaign
No matter how you're using marketing e-mails--soliciting alumni donations, reaching out to prospective students, generating news media coverage--you'll do a much better job with e-mail campaigns that can be tracked and analyzed.
MySpace et al: Inadvertently Tarnishing Universities' and Students' Reputations
While social networking sites like MySpace have caused something of a sensation of late, they could be wrecking the futures of some college students — and tarnishing the images of colleges and universities in the process.
Zoom, Zoom: Ensuring Your Web Site Downloads Like Quicksilver
While the web has come a long way since sites were too often slow-loading technological homages to their creators, the hard fact remains that most web sites are yet to be optimized for speed. The result - frustrated visitors and missed opportunities.
Using Eye-Tracking Studies to Build a Better Web Site
One of the more novel methods web designers are using to determine what works best on their sites is eye-tracking. By mounting a camera on a monitor and recording eye movements as a person interacts with their sites, they're able to precisely document what works - and what doesn't.
U.S. House to higher education: Play beat cop on music piracy
The U.S. House passed a bill that would require colleges and universities to install piracy detection systems on their networks for the express purpose of nabbing illegal downloaders. It would also force institutions to offer legal alternatives.
Making sense of Second Life
Institutions looking for guidance on Second Life will soon get some help from Georgia State, which plans to release a quick-start primer on teaching in the online virtual world by spring.
Scoring high, online career centers get a second look
Many institutions are beefing up their online career centers in an effort to help students snag dream jobs, as well as nurture long, ongoing relationships with alumni.
Online learning: What two-year colleges are doing right
There’s a reason why two-year colleges are leading the pack in online learning growth: these institutions have fully embraced the concept and, as a consequence, are reaping the rewards.