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Is there a place for BYOD (Bring your own device) in Higher Education? Well, given that over 60% of employees already use their personal devices for work in some way, the question is no longer relevant. A more appropriate question is “What are the BYOD related benefits and costs?”, and this blog will help you begin to think about this question for your institution.

When answering this question, I think BYOD has different applicability for the 3 categories of users in a Higher Education environment:

  1. Employees (Faculty and staff)
  2. Students
  3. Visitors
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Late last year Google opened up Google+ to Google Apps customers as an enterprise communication and collaboration platform. This past June, Microsoft acquired Yammer, a popular enterprise social networking platform. These major technology industry players certainly see the trend of business communications getting more social. As we evolved from email to real-time chat and video conferencing, now social networking has become the next logical step in communication. Blame it on the influence of Facebook (and Twitter, and Pinterest, etc.). We’re used to catching up with friends and family through our favorite social media platforms. We can easily share images and documents, post status, IM or video chat from our workstations, tablets or smartphones. We’re now expecting that same degree of seamless communication in all of our interactions, including education....Read More

Increasingly colleges and universities are expanding their offerings to include courses, and often entire degree programs that are available to students whenever they have time to participate and wherever they happen to be. As institutions of higher learning expand their presence in the online education or distance learning arena, there is an implicit expectation that courses and related services will be available 24/7/365. This expectation requires these institutions to heighten the level of attention to disaster recovery and business continuity; areas that have frequently been pushed to the rear as funding priorities have been established....Read More

As a Web consulting company, we spend almost every day talking with college/university administrators about their websites. I might ask a prospective client, “how do you feel about your website?” or “is the site effectively meeting the university’s objectives?” Frequently, marketing directors will candidly admit that their websites ‘need help’ or ‘ought to be refreshed’, but they aren’t doing anything about it.

Often, these executives run into a common problem: they don’t know where to start. There may also be variations of this challenge. For instance, many colleges distribute ownership of the website across many different departments, so it can be difficult to get people ‘on the same page’; most university administrators have busy schedules during the school year and just can’t find the time to make long term plans for the Web.

Whatever the obstacle is, please know this: if you’re a higher education executive who’s responsible for the school website, you cannot afford to put an underperforming website on the backburner.

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