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Hot Topics in Campus Technology Indiana University Committee for Technology Review Patty Mitchell Paul Valdez Melissa Vergara Technology: Closing the Gap

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indiana university committee for technology review

Hot Topics in

Campus Technology

Indiana UniversityCommittee for Technology Review

Patty Mitchell

Paul Valdez

Melissa Vergara

technology closing the gap
Technology: Closing the Gap
  • Our impetus for this committee presentation was to inform ourselves as well as the faculty and administrators of the Dean’s Council of five “hot topics” in campus technology to help bridge the technology gap.
  • The five topics are:
    • Blogging
    • Podcasts
    • Adaptive Technology
    • Integrated Information Systems
    • Institutional Spam
  • We will present each of these topics providing
    • general information
    • significance in higher education
    • examples of these technologies in practice
    • the issues involved with utility of the technology
    • We will accomplish this through demonstrationsof the technology and through the use of hyperlinks to direct your attention to quality examples of the technology in action.

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what is a blog
What is a Blog?
  • “A blog is a user-generated website where entries are made in journal style and displayed in a reverse chronological order.”
  • “Most blogs are primarily textual although some focus on photographs (photoblog), sketchblog, videos (vlog), or audio (podcasting), and are part of a wider network of social media.”


blog is hot
Blog is HOT!
  • A Google search for blog reveals 1,090,000,000 hits. Likewise, a search for George W. Bush reveals only 76,500,000 hits.
  • A search for Indiana University revealed 4,500+ messages posted about IU.
  • The School of Education at IU maintains a blog to stay current on instructional technology.
  • In June 2003 the business community held the first international conference on the business use of blogs (Williams & Jacobs, 2004).
  • Other similar Big Ten institutions such as the University of Michigan have made free blogs available to students, faculty, and staff.
general uses of the blog
General uses of the Blog


► Outreach

► Portfolio

► Recruiting

► Collaboration

► Communication

► Public Relations

► Course management

► Knowledge management

Source: Herzog, 2006

other benefits of the blog
Other benefits of the Blog
  • Can appeal to students in a more personal manner (Shupp, Prater, & Dailey, 2006).
  • A way to engage and connect Deaf students in and out of class (Read, 2006).
  • Reflects the University’s technology prowess (Shupp et. al., 2006).
  • Keeps the reader current on news in specific field (Herzog, 2006).
  • Easy to create, publish, update, and collaborate, while being low cost, and not requiring complicated software to implement and maintain (Herzog, 2006).
  • Williams & Jacobs (2004) concluded that, “Blogging has the potential to be a transformational technology for teaching and learning.”
blog use in higher education
Blog use in Higher Education?
  • Recruitment tool
  • Alumni relations
  • Collaboration internally/externally
  • Monitor student culture
  • Course management
  • Reflection assignments
blogging exploration
Blogging Exploration
  • Here are some hyperlinks to current blogs and how they are used:
    • Drudge Report (Communication)
    • Archinect(Information sharing, collaboration)
    • Frosh Comp (Course management)
    • Albion College Student Senate Blog(Communication)
    • MBA Admissions Blog(Outreach)
    • Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog(Communication)
beware of the blog
Beware of the Blog
  • Legal implications mostly focus around confidentiality and defamation. Click here for more detailed information about the legal implications.
  • When used in higher education uncontrolled user generated content will result in greatest liability (Shupp et. al., 2006).
  • Constant monitoring is necessary (Shupp et. al., 2006).
  • Students or those targeted by blog may not have the patience to invest the time needed to stay informed about the blog.
  • A blog can be a perfect distraction or procrastination tool for students, faculty, or staff.
  • As a professional, a misguided blog can have negative implications for your career (Drezner, 2006).
  • Blogs are dependant on the users that frequent them.

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what is a podcast
What is a Podcast?
  • Similar to a radio broadcasting, but are channeled through the internet and specifically to a pod.
    • Examples: iPod, personal computer, mobile phone
  • Similar to blogs in accessibility and organization (chronological).
  • Subscription podcasts rely on feed readers to constantly check and update the consumer’s subscription with new content.
  • Paid or unpaid subscriptions.
  • Typically audio or visual, but can be images, pdf, text, or any file type.


podcasts are hot
Podcasts are HOT!
  • In 2004, Duke University started providing iPods for every member of the freshman class.
  • Frequent topic in student affair journals and conferences.
  • Recording artists have helped to popularize podcasts.
  • Corporations like Macintosh and Microsoft also popularize this social media.
general uses of a podcast
General uses of a Podcast
  • News updates
  • Advertising
  • Web seminars/web conferencing
  • Tutorials
  • Interviews

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benefits of podcasts
Benefits of Podcasts
  • Used at the leisure of the consumer.
    • i.e. in transit, at the gym, when traveling
  • Efficient and low cost way to present a message to a large group of people (Fannin, n.d.).
  • Relates well to millennial tech-savvy students.
  • Infrastructure of computers (pods) is already in place at most institutions of higher education.
  • Foster connectedness between a group (Beldarrain, 2006).
  • Can be as formal or informal as you desire.
  • “Handled properly, a school's website, e-mail, RSS feeds [podcasts], and even blogs can help streamline media requests…” (Joly, 2007) .
why use in higher education
Why use in Higher Education?
  • Lectures
  • Language teaching
  • Recruitment
  • Web instruction
  • Distance education
  • Marketing
  • Orientation programs
  • Radio broadcasting


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podcasts in higher education
Podcasts in Higher Education
  • Advertising (i.e. monk-e-mail)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology Orientation
  • Perkins School of Theology Admissions
  • English as a second language courses (ESL)
  • Michigan State University campus radio
drawbacks of podcasts
Drawbacks of Podcasts
  • Time consuming if unfamiliar with application.
  • Some contend that podcasts are not as helpful as perceived (Holahan, 2006).
  • Lack of administrative and technical support can cause problems (Blaisdel, 2006).
  • Be cautious of copyright infringement (Blaisdel, 2006).
  • Quality is as good as you make it.
want to know more
Want to know more?
  • The University of Wisconsin-Madison offers this service to create podcasts.



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what is adaptive technology
What is Adaptive Technology?
  • Adaptive technology is a way to better serve persons with disabilities who have:
    • hearing
    • learning
    • or mobility impairments

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why adaptive technology
Why Adaptive Technology?
  • Higher education is moving towards a direction of advanced technology.
  • It is important to understand how we can use technology to better serve our students and colleagues.
  • Be inclusive: It is critical that faculty and practitioners understand the impact these accommodations have for the classroom environment when serving persons with special needs.
benefits of adaptive technology
Benefits of Adaptive Technology
  • Inclusion in the classroom through information access for all students.
  • Being cutting edge on adaptive technology initiatives for the individual student and the classroom environment.
  • Promote practical changes in the classroom and not pedagogy (Lockyer & Bennett, 2006).
examples of adaptive technology
Examples of Adaptive Technology
  • Hearing
    • Video captioning: captions are added to videos when using web sites.
  • Remote transcription: a student who is deaf receives the spoken part of a class by remote and the information is transferred to a laptop.
  • Software
    • JAWS for Windows: helps low vision or blind users browse the web, send and read e-mail, and create spreadsheets.
    • Studio Recorder: records, edits, and produces spoken word audio documents in an efficient manner.
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learning and physical
Learning and Physical
  • Learning

Co-writer 2000: a type-and-speak writing assistant with word prediction capabilities, designed to help users write correct sentences with few keystrokes.

  • Physical

Dragon NaturallySpeaking: a word processor controlled by voice commands which limits the use of hand, wrist, and finger movements.

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emerging adaptive technology
Emerging Adaptive Technology
  • Microsoft Vista
    • As a Microsoft operating system computer user, Vista will be standard operation in the near future.

Why it’s beneficial?

          • Provides magnification for graphics (Williams, 2006).
          • Individual can interact with computer by voice (Williams, 2006).
          • It is easy to access the information (Williams, 2006).
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problems with adaptive technology
Problems with Adaptive Technology
    • Initiatives are costly.
      • Dragon NaturallySpeaking = $969
      • Jaws for WINDOWS = $859
  • More research and investigation is needed in this area.
  • Applies to only a specific population.
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spam impact on campus
Spam: Impact on Campus
  • Unsolicited emails (spam) have a negative impact on the reliable delivery of academic, work, and personal email messages.
    • Examples of spam:
    • Commercial advertisements
    • Promotion of products and/or services
    • Sexually explicit content
    • Private, political, and nonprofit e-mail speech is not considered spam (Wigen, 2004).


impact continued
Impact continued…
  • Spam threatens network security with hostile file attachments and embedded codes.
      • Jeopardizing email service trustworthiness.
      • Creates rising costs on Internet users and providers.
      • Burdens students, staff and faculty to identify unwanted emails.
  • Consumes Internet resources by using massive network bandwidth.
      • Mail takes longer to get where it’s going. Especially LISTSERV mail.
      • Causes “traffic jams” that delay delivery of important email messages.
spam keeping safe
Spam: Keeping Safe
  • New filtering systems on campus automatically delete unwanted messages from “Spam” or “Junk E-mail” folders five days after receiving them — freeing valuable mailbox space.
  • Some people outside of campus may not receive email you send them. This is because spammers send messages that use the school’s domain in fake reply-to.
  • Protect your email address.
  • For more information visit: Campus Technology

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integrated information systems
Integrated Information Systems
  • Rising educational cost, fragmented data, competition for students, faculty, administrators, and regulatory requirements are driving the demand for accurate information (Oracle, 2006).
      • Data is used as a tool for data reports, performance management, supporting regulatory compliance requirements, and improve learning outcomes.
        • Enrollment Statistics.
        • Retention and Graduation Rates.
        • Ethnicity Classification.
        • Grade Point Average Reports.
  • The systems are designed to enable institutions to influence their student enrollments (Hossler & Bean,1990).
integrated information systems at work
Integrated Information Systems at Work

Faculty and staff can filter applicant information by academic plan, GRE’s and GPA.

in the end
In the end…
  • We hope that you found these hot topics to be interesting and worth further exploration.
  • We suggest using this presentation and the hyperlinks available to continue your learning process at your leisure.
  • Lastly, we thank you for your time and interest in understanding how technology shapes the ever-changing college environment.

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References continued…

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