EDUCAUSE 2010 kicks off on Oct. 12 in Anahein, Calif., and will give higher education IT leaders a chance to learn from successful practices and share their own thoughts and ideas on what makes for truly successful technology management on campus.
A panel session on open-source strategies will encourage respectful dialogue across divergent perspectives and experiences in discussing the promise and risks of open source and the strategies employed by technology leaders with diverse approaches.Speakers include John E. Kolb, vice president for information services and technology and CIO at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and John F. Walsh, associate vice president of enterprise software at Indiana University.
Mobile computing is increasingly common and has great potential for higher education. Students are arriving on campus with new wireless devices and recent fourth-generation wireless products, and devices continue to expand features and functionality. Which applications should become mobile-ready? Are there plans in place to rapidly deploy mobile-ready applications? What challenges do mobile devices create for protecting sensitive institutional information? Terry R. Mollett, director of user services at Dickinson College, will examine all the issues.
Public education can and should openly license all digital works created from competitive grants. Cable Green, director of eLearning and open education at the Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges will discuss how and why the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges is mixing strategic technology planning, legislation, student advocacy, foundation partnerships, international consortia, and a new open licensing policy to use and share open educational resources.
Eric Pierce, identity management architect at the University of South Florida, will detail the steps behind the university’s decision to move student eMail to Google Apps in February 2008. This session will highlight the successes and challenges that USF has faced since the beginning of the project and will offer practical knowledge for institutions that either are investigating outsourced eMail or have recently taken the plunge.
This year’s conference also offers an online program for those who are unable to attend the face-to-face conference, featuring interactive discussion sessions and a web-based community with chat capabilities.