Industry News & Opinions from eCampus News:

February 19th, 2018

Don’t be complacent about data security

By Jared Stein
vice president of higher ed strategy and research, Canvas by Instructure
Have you ever been awoken by a loud noise in the middle of the night? Your body shifts from resting to alert in an instant. What just happened? Am I safe? Is the house secure? Did I lock the doors? At some point, you...

February 15th, 2018

How to improve faculty and staff onboarding in higher ed

By Chris Byers
chief executive officer, Formstack
The hiring and onboarding processes can be extremely complex for colleges and universities. Higher-education institutions often bring in hundreds of new employees every year—from professors to student workers to administrators to dining service personnel. Hiring and onboarding these employees can involve dozens of hiring...

February 14th, 2018

3 ways to use tech to award more scholarships (part 1)

By Tim Hill
president & general manager of higher education solutions, Blackbaud
In today’s world, finding students to award scholarships seems like it should be a very easy task. There are obviously a lot of students in need of financial assistance to help with their education. However, the reality is that finding students to award scholarships...

February 12th, 2018

Why universities need to prioritize network management

By Dennis Borin
senior solutions architect, EfficientIP
Technological advances have created unsurpassed strains on the networks of higher education institutions, especially research facilities. Universities and colleges need to stay competitive by offering exceptional online services (digital textbooks, online courses, etc.) and providing an “always accessible” experience for students—especially those conducting in-depth...

February 9th, 2018

How self-service options improve the student experience

By Jennifer Wilson
marketing director, Softdocs
With nearly all higher education students using electronic devices to manage their day-to-day life on campus, including uploading assignments to their ePortfolios and managing their course schedules in the institution’s portal via the student information system (SIS), the digital life has become the de...

February 6th, 2018

Why chatbots are not the future of student engagement

By Jamie Riepe
chief revenue officer, Signal Vine
The higher ed space is evolving as more schools look to implement artificial intelligence (AI) in a variety of ways to stay innovative. From discussions of AI replacing educators to helping students enroll, universities are looking to use this technology to improve student engagement and...

February 5th, 2018

3 ways higher ed can avoid social media devastation

By Mike O'Donnell
vice president of human resources, PeopleAdmin
A tenured sociology professor at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., landed in hot water because of his activity on Facebook. A college news site found the professor’s posts—one of which included an offensive hashtag and reference to last summer’s congressional shooting in Virginia—and published...

January 31st, 2018

Students and IT pros weigh in on cybersecurity

By Eric Goff, manager, higher education, CDW-G; and Nicci Fagan, director of higher education, CDW-G
Across the country, colleges and universities are on high alert to protect against cyberattacks. From WannaCry to Petya, the recent proliferation of ransomware, malware, and distributed denial of service attacks are cause for concern, thanks to institutions’ open environments and rich stores of personally...

January 30th, 2018

4 reasons why student success is misdefined in higher ed and how data can fix it

By Elena Cox, CEO and co-founder of vibeffect
What is student success? Let’s start with the most fundamental definition: completing and receiving a degree. For decades, national completion rates have hovered around 20-30 percent in three years for an associate’s degree and 50-60 percent in six years for undergraduate degrees. Here’s the...

January 24th, 2018

What does experiential learning look like?

By Jamie Fitch, co-founder and CEO of OnlineMedEd
The term millennial is a word that big education aspires to connect with, yet has trouble relating to. Too often in higher education it simply means 20-somethings, and the question then becomes: "How do we market to millennials so they understand that education is...

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