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Emerging Technologies in Higher Education:  Big School Solutions to Small School Problems. John O’Keefe Director, Academic Technology and Network Services Lafayette College. 1. What are “Small School Problems?”. Funding ERP Security Teaching and Learning w/Tech

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emerging technologies in higher education big school solutions to small school problems
Emerging Technologies in Higher Education:  Big School Solutions to Small School Problems
  • John O’Keefe
  • Director, Academic Technology and Network Services
  • Lafayette College

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what are small school problems
What are “Small School Problems?”
  • Funding
  • ERP
  • Security
  • Teaching and Learning w/Tech
  • Infrastructure/Cyberinfrastructure
  • Agility/Adaptibility/Responsiveness
  • Governance, Organization, Leadership
  • Identity Management
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Strategic Planning
  • Web Systems
  • Information/Content management

Source: 2009 EDUCAUSE Current Issues Survey

2

what are big school solutions
What are “Big School Solutions?”
  • Internet2/NLR
  • Shibboleth
  • iTunesU
  • MPLS
  • IPv6
  • Cloud Computing

3

how does this fit together
How Does This Fit Together?
  • The problems aren’t necessarily different or unique to smaller schools
  • Small schools can be more agile and able to implement solutions campus-wide
  • Resources are available to help (Large developer community, conferences, CAMPs, etc)

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internet2 nlr
Internet2/NLR
  • High-Speed research networks
  • Internet2 - A not-for-profit advanced networking consortium that leverages its high-performance network and worldwide partnerships to support and enhance the educational and research missions of its members.
  • NLR - Ultra high-performance network infrastructure that makes possible many of the world’s most demanding research projects.
  • I2 Only Applications (Remote instrumentation, Videoconferencing)
  • NLR for Telepresence

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shibboleth
Shibboleth
  • Shibboleth - A standards based, open source software package for web single sign-on across or within organizational boundaries.
  • Federated Identity Management (FIdM) - Arrangements made among multiple organizations that lets subscribers use their institutional identification credentials to obtain access to applications outside their institution but within the Federation (InCommon, eAuth)

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itunesu
iTunesU
  • iTunesU - A section of Apple’s iTunes Store designed for higher education where institutional content, course work, or other multimedia materials may be stored and disseminated within the framework of iTunes.
  • Can use Shibboleth
  • Can be used to compliment Course Management System

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MPLS
  • MPLS - Multi-Protocol Label Switching
  • Layer 3 Virtualization creates highly secure virtual networks within one physical infrastructure
  • Easier to manage than Layer 2 Virtualization (VLANs)
  • Scales better (smaller broadcast domains)
  • Cost savings
  • VoIP

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IPv6
  • IPv6 - Next-generation Internet Protocol version designed as the successor to IPv4.
  • New IP addressing scheme
  • Expanded allocation blocks (more addresses available)
  • More secure (IPSec)
  • Multicast
  • Jumbograms

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cloud computing
Cloud Computing
  • Cloud Computing - Environment where dynamically scalable and often virtualized resources are provided as a service over the Internet
  • Obscures technology and infrastructure that supports the cloud, enabling end users to focus on applications
  • Not just for CS any more

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security
Security
  • MPLS for network virtualization
    • Separation of devices and users
    • Network Admission Control
    • Regulatory Compliance (PCI, HIPPA, CALEA, etc)
  • Shibboleth
    • Access to third party apps using institutional credentials
    • Single Sign-On

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teaching and learning
Teaching and Learning
  • Internet2/NLR
    • Access to resources/applications
  • iTunesU
    • Bowdoin, Penn State
    • Offload multimedia content from CMS

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infrastructure cyberinfrastructure
Infrastructure/Cyberinfrastructure
  • Cloud Computing
    • Virtualization lowers cooling demands, power requirements
    • Provisioning new services easier
    • Saves money
  • IPv6
    • It is coming, I promise!
    • v6-only services, no more v4?

15

identity management
Identity Management
  • Shibboleth
    • Policies and Procedures
    • InCommon and eAuth LoA (Level of Assurance)
    • Providing services to other schools (collaboration)

16

disaster recovery
Disaster Recovery
  • Clustering and Cloud Computing
    • Automatic failover
    • Hardware independence
  • MPLS
    • Network failures converge faster (BGP)
    • Broadcast domains limited

17

web systems
Web Systems
  • Cloud Computing
    • Cloud platform very effective to deliver web applications
  • Shibboleth
    • Tailor made for web application authentication
  • Internet2/NLR
    • Applications may only be accessible via Internet2/NLR

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internet2 nlr20
Internet2/NLR
  • Cost of entry lower
  • Membership has its privileges
  • Find a GigaPOP near you

20

shibboleth21
Shibboleth
  • How does your current IdM stack up?
  • Look at LoA and policies required for InCommon
  • Examine institutional practices

21

itunesu22
iTunesU
  • Sign up for an account
  • Look at schools who have nice sites to get ideas
  • Do you have Shibb?

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MPLS
  • Review your current infrastructure
  • BGP talent on staff
  • Cost to prepare infrastructure

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IPv6
  • Get an allocation
  • Begin to familiarize yourself with it
  • Know the problems
  • Plan your budgets

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cloud computing25
Cloud Computing
  • Explore virtualization options (VMWare, Redhat, others)
  • Insource or Outsource

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2005 2006
2005-2006
  • Internet2 Connectivity 2005
    • German Collaborative 2005
    • Pasteur Institute and Bird Flu 2006
  • Implemented iTunesU 2006
    • Integrated with Moodle, used for coursework
    • Commencement readings
    • Communications multimedia content

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2007 2009
2007-2009
  • Implemented Shibboleth 2007 (Library resources, Spaces, online ticketing)
  • Implemented MPLS 2007
  • IPv6 Allocation 2009
  • Developed Web Cloud 2009

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set apart from other small schools
Set Apart From Other Small Schools
  • Faculty and Staff recruitment
  • Research incentives
  • Competing for students

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set apart from larger schools
Set Apart From Larger Schools
  • Small school, big resources
  • New market conditions put smaller schools in non-traditional competition from larger schools

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questions
Questions?

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