Education – Leonard Nelson Personal blog of Leonard Nelson talking about technology, education, customer relationship management, customer service and Africa. Thu, 22 Sep 2016 00:52:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 20977839 IPEDS Temple University Wed, 13 Mar 2013 13:29:23 +0000

IPEDS is the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. It is a system of interrelated surveys conducted annually by the U.S. Department’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). IPEDS gathers information from every college, university, and technical and vocational institution that participates in the federal student financial aid programs. The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, requires that institutions that participate in federal student aid programs report data on enrollments, program completions, graduation rates, faculty and staff, finances, institutional prices, and student financial aid. These data are made available to students and parents through the College Navigator college search Web site and to researchers and others through the IPEDS Data Center.

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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Big Data in Higher Education Sun, 04 Nov 2012 14:01:34 +0000 Titled “Big Data and the Evolving Corporation”, this presentation by Jim Stogdill, is apt for higher education as well.

Key Takeaways:

  • Big Data is very frequently about predicting what’s going to happen rather than describing what’s already happened. Today, when we talk about business intelligence it is mostly saying “This is what happened” verses Big Data which is about saying “This is what we think is going to happen”
  • As companies figure out Big Data and try to find ways to obtain value from data, watch for privacy issues as these companies are now able to use data for predictive behavior e.g. Target’s Pregnancy Prediction Score.
  • Watch for companies that use data obtained from cellphones via mobile apps on the phone or via GSM sensors reporting data to applications developed using GNU Radio (e.g. shopkick or Path Intelligence) to track how people interact and move around in malls and stores and then offer promotions based on the stores you’re likely to visit
  • The classic mobile HTML5 vs. native mobile app question continues to read its head as companies opt to develop an HTML5 mobile app over a native app purely to obtain more click-stream data
  • The future belongs to the companies and people that can turn data into products
Changing Ed-Tech Landscape Mon, 02 Apr 2012 11:56:52 +0000

Ms. Sankar said her biggest challenge is convincing professors that they can use a technology tool that is not officially endorsed by their colleges. She intentionally does not seek out deals with campus technology offices because she feels that what type of tool to use should be left up to individual faculty members. That’s a shift that could change the way technology is supported on campuses.

Students Endlessly E-Mail Professors for Help. A New Service Hopes to Organize the Answers.

100 Best Places to Work in IT 2011 Tue, 21 Jun 2011 13:32:09 +0000 Temple University – ranked again as one of the Top 100 Places to Work in IT for the year 2011. This year we came in at number 67. The entire list is available at Computer World.


100 Best Places to Work in IT 2010 Thu, 22 Jul 2010 01:11:54 +0000 Temple University – ranked again as one of the Top 100 Places to Work in IT for the year 2010. This year we came in at number 53. The entire list is available at Computer World.

100 Best Places to Work in IT 2009 Sat, 27 Jun 2009 01:06:56 +0000 Temple University – ranked again as one of the Top 100 Places to Work in IT for the year 2009. This year we came in at number 90. The entire list is available at Computer World.

Top 10 Questions to ask a University IT Department – 2009 Sun, 01 Mar 2009 03:48:06 +0000 Over the last couple of years I’ve helped at the new student/ prospective student admissions department fairs at Temple University. As a result, I’ve managed to get a sense for the typical questions that parents or students ask the IT department and also possibly the types of questions they should be asking. So here’s my list for 2009 of the top 10 topics you should ask the IT department at your university.

  1. Technical Support
  2. Software discounts
  3. Hardware discounts
  4. Printers and Printing
  5. Residence Hall Room network restrictions
  6. Wireless Access
  7. Seminars and Training
  8. Computer Labs and Social Spaces
  9. Off-campus access to restricted resources
  10. File Space
Educational Endowment Investments Wed, 28 Jan 2009 00:47:51 +0000 In a joint survey, the Commonfund Institute and the National Association of College and University Business Officers found that college endowment returns dropped by 22.5 percent in the first six months of the 2009 fiscal year, which began July 1 at most institutions.

Longest Elliptical Ticker in the United States Wed, 21 Jan 2009 02:57:21 +0000 The Fox School of Business can now boast of one more ranking – the location for the longest elliptical ticker in the United States.

Ticker Installed from John DeAngelo on Vimeo.

EDUCAUSE Mid-Atlantic Regional 2009 Conference Thu, 08 Jan 2009 04:59:20 +0000 The EDUCAUSE  Mid-Atlantic Regional 2009 Conference is currently going on in Philadelphia. This year’s topic is focussed on ‘The Technology Revolution in Higher Education: IT as a Catalyst for Change’. Definitely an interesting topic when colleges and universities are also currently experiencing challenges from the economy.

For those not familiar, EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association whose mission is to help advance higher education by promoting the use of information technology.

I’m going to try and make it to tomorrow’s sessions but because we’ve just started work on a BMC Remedy project I’ve been missing out on some great sessions that happened today. A number of my colleagues are at the conference and are using Twitter to keep others in the loop. If you’d like to tune in, check out posts with the hashtag #MARC09 (i.e. Mid Atlantic Regional Conference 2009), or simply visit the Twitter search page for Marc09.

Conferences like EDUCAUSE are a great way to network with fellow peers within the education industry and especially a chance to monitor trends that may be worth investing in. For example, for a day that I missed, here’s a sampling of topics that were covered in today’s session that I would have liked to attend:

  1. Help Desk Outsourcing: Lessons Learned – Interesting given the general negative perception that some Fortune 500 companies have faced as a result of outsourcing their Help Desk operations. At a time when universities are trying to increase alumni giving, one would expect that keeping Help Desk operations in house would actually help improve customer satisfaction which might directly correspond with an eventual increase in alumni giving. I like to say Customer Loyalty = Customer Satisfaction + Customer Relationship Management
  2. Teaching in Virtual Worlds (Second Life) – Another interesting area given that Second Life seemed to be the big area for marketing a brand and slowly seems to have lost steam over the past year. I was glad that I never invested in Linden Dollars and with so much educational material now available on Youtube I’m curious how or what was taught in SecondLife. Either way, Second Life is still running unlike Google’s Lively which closed on January 1 2009.
  3. Effective Strategies in Supporting a Campus Through Major Technology Initiatives

Some links that a colleague shared through out the day via Twitter that are truly reflective of the gems that you take away from the various sessions include:

  1. Top 100 Tools for Learning in 2008 – Are you using at least the Top 10 tools?
  2. Dr. Michael Wesch’s YouTube videos – Check out the video ‘A Vision of Students Today’
  3. Project Tomorrow – How are today’s students being prepared to be tomorrow’s innovators, leaders and engaged citizens of the world.