With emerging technologies gaining popularity in Higher Ed, many universities are gearing up to make use of blockchain, artificial intelligence, and 3D printing, while warding off increasingly persistent cybersecurity threats. It’s tough enough to keep track of your department’s IT projects and plan for the future, never mind having to do it all while hackers try to infiltrate your network. To make things easier, let us bring all of last month’s most important articles to you with our picks for April’s must-read Higher Ed IT articles.
As a Higher Ed CIO, it’s important to keep up to date with what other CIOs are focusing on and prioritizing. Thankfully, the Leadership Board for CIOs’ survey on Higher Ed IT paints a thorough picture of the topics that are most important to other university CIOs. From cybersecurity to IT budgets, there’s a lot to keep in mind. Find out what else keeps CIOs up at night with EdTech Magazine’s full article.
A.I. in Higher Ed
While many emerging technologies seem more science fiction than reality, artificial intelligence is gaining mainstream popularity in the form of personal assistants and home devices and may begin transforming Higher Ed. According to reports, A.I. could make a significant impact in Higher Ed within the next four years. Learn more about the future of artificial intelligence with eCampus News’ full article.
Maker Spaces that Matter
Colleges and universities have always been a home for entrepreneurs and innovators, but with the rise in popularity of maker spaces, students and faculty now have much easier access to innovation-enabling technologies. Joshua Wilson, co-founder of Brandeis University’s Maker Lab, shares advice on how to make a Maker Space that matters to your university. Learn more about the lessons learned from the success of Maker Lab with Joshua Wilson’s full article.
Protecting Against Phishing Scams
With cybersecurity ranking #1 on Educauses’ Top Higher Ed IT Issues list two years in a row, it’s easy to see how important it is to Higher Ed IT professionals. While there is a lot a university can do to prevent cyber threats before they start, a key strategy against hacks is to train users to effectively evaluate and avoid potential scams or threats. Thankfully, there are a set of guidelines to follow when educating users on the telltale signs of a phishing scam. Learn more with EdTech Magazine’s full article.
Credentialing with Blockchain
While Blockchain helped popularize cryptocurrency in the form of Bitcoin, it has many applications in Higher Ed as well, especially in regards to how student credentials are stored and shared. Higher Ed’s current approach is often slow and tedious, but with the use of Blockchains, students could potentially carry and access their credentials themselves, while keeping that information safe and secure. Learn more about the future of Blockchain technology in Higher Ed with Educause’s full article.
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