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1 Imagining Tomorrow’s Future – Today! 2007 EDUCAUSE Evolving Technologies Committee

2 “I skate to where the puck is going to be, not to where it has been.” Today, evident consolidations in wireless, storage, and virtualization Trends continue strongly: –Web 2.0 –shift to user-driven environments and Internet sites with significant data and video processing available to end users New technologies not simply replacing older ones –increasing in complexity –Interwoven with other technologies as well as social and economic systems Campus IT providers continue to evolve – always skating to that new place while keeping an eye on the puck… Wayne Gretzky

3 2007 Evolving Technologies Seven evolving technologies selected –the Web in 2007, by Malcolm Brown –Google Apps, by Sharon Collins and Carlos Morales –Web conferencing, by Kelvin Bentley and Sharon Collins –M-Learning, by Saiid Ganjalizadeh –3D printing, by Michael Berman –virtualization, by John S. Moses –information lifecycle management and physical storage technologies for digital preservation, by Beth Forrest Warner Overview in EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 42, no. 6 (November/December 2007) Full white papers on the Evolving Technologies Committee Web site:

4 The Web in 2007: a vast sea of possibilities Malcolm Brown Dartmouth College

5 Web as a Distributed OS “Programmers are starting to write applications ‘on Google’ and ‘on Amazon’ the same way they used to write ‘on Windows’ and ‘on Unix’.” progammableweb progammableweb

6 Web as a Platform 1mashupsAPIs1mashupsAPIs 2 runtime environments more powerful plug-ins development for mobility 2 runtime environments more powerful plug-ins development for mobility

7 Scorecards Mashups total 2,402 per day 3.2 APIs total 523 source: programmable web source: programmable web 33% growth in 6 months

8 Codeless mashups

9 myspace vs. facebook Oct 06 6.5 ticks apart Oct 07 2 ticks apart

10 The Emerging Platforms

11 1 1 2 2 3 3

12 Integrating Google Apps for Higher Education Sharon Collins East Carolina University Carlos Morales New Jersey City University

13 Google and Higher Education? Provide users with additional tools Incorporate into classroom instruction Collaborate with students and colleagues

14 Google Apps Google Maps/Google Earth Google Scholar Google Docs & Spreadsheets Gmail Google Video Blogger Google Page Creator Google Mobile Google Sketchup 6 Google Talk Google Calendar Google Groups Orkut

15 Avoid costly license, installation, and maintenance costs Integrated set of tools Web 2.0 ubiquity Creative application Shareable content Flatten the world of information Evolving Technology

16 The Evolution of Web Conferencing Kelvin Bentley, Ph.D. Northampton Community College Sharon Collins East Carolina University Copyright Kelvin Bentley and Sharon Collins (2007). This work is the intellectual property of the authors. Permission is granted for this material to be shared for non-commercial, educational purposes, provided that this copyright statement appears on the reproduced materials and notice is given that the copying is by permission of the authors. To disseminate otherwise or to republish requires written permission from the author.

17 Web Conferencing – What it is… Synchronicity/Asynchronicity Real-time environment for learning and collaboration Information Shared –Audio, video, presentations, files Context –Meeting, instruction/training, collaboration, feedback

18 Levels of Web Conferencing Functionality Level 1 –Chat, Video, VoIP –Examples: AOL IM Level 2 –Interactive Whiteboard, web push –Example: Blackboard’s Collaboration tool Level 3 –All of the above as well as recordings of all web activities, application sharing, breakout rooms, administrative features

19 Innovative Uses of Web Conferencing Guest Lecturers Admissions-sponsored Virtual Open Houses Student Orientations to Online and Blended Learning Supplemental Instruction Online Tutoring Online Academic Advising Webinars for Faculty

20 Uses of Centra at ECU Uses for Centra at ECU include: –Guest lecturers from across the country –Real-time office hours –Nursing midwifery courses –Document Sharing – actual hands on of Office applications, Art, Construction Management –Faculty Meetings


22 Uses of Elluminate Live at NCC Uses for EL at NCC include: –Online tutoring –Real-time office hours –Admissions-sponsored virtual Open Houses –Meetings with online students and instructors –Faculty Webinars (e.g., Blackboard training)


24 The Future of Web Conferencing? Integration within any Course Management System Additional interactivity Improved audio and video Avatars Mobility

25 The Future of Web Conferencing?

26 To Learn More… Visit the University of North Carolina Teaching and Learning with Technology Collaborative (TLTC) website to obtain a rubric to help you evaluate web conferencing systems –

27 M-Learning Saiid Ganjalizadeh The Catholic University of America

28 What is M-Learning? Learning through a mobile device A subset of eLearning Delivery of learning contents anywhere/anytime

29 M-Learning Evolution Since the release of Walkman in 1979 until now with the popularity of iPod

30 Characteristics Anytime/Anywhere Instantaneous communication Tangible Ubiquity Low cost of hardware & software Attractive to young learners Beneficial to both academic and commercial institutions

31 Characteristics GPS Tracking Photo transmission Supports SMS –Used for point-to-point message delivery –Used for voting –Used for assessments –Used in emergency cases

32 Benefits Learning –Just in time –Just enough content delivery Anywhere/anytime Increase productivity Increase efficiency in the use of time Integration with social networking Integration with LMS

33 Future of M-Learning M-Learning projects have received a lot of attention in Europe. Some universities in US have widely adopted elements of M-Learning technologies. It is anticipated that M-Learning will face a major and steady growth within the next few years.

34 3D Printing: Making the Virtual Real A. Michael Berman Art Center College of Design

35 The world has arrived at an age of cheap complex devices of great reliability; and something is bound to come of it. -Vannevar Bush, As We May Think, 1945




39 3D Systems VFlash: $10,000 Desktop Factory: $5,000 Fab@Home: ~ $2,500

40 Virtualization John S. Moses The University of Chicago

41 What is Virtualization? Virtual version of something, usually hardware. ---------------------------------------------------------- Mainstream now, but rapidly evolving. ---------------------------------------------- Current buzz is about Operating Systems. -------------------------------------------------- Origins date back to 1960's (MIT, IBM). ------------------------------------------------

42 A Sampling of Types... Server (VMWare, Xen, SWsoft, Microsoft, Sun, etc.)‏ Desktop (VMWare, SWsoft, Microsoft, VirtualBox)‏ Application (Thinstall, Altiris, Citrix, Microsoft)‏ File (Brocade, EMC, Hitachi, etc.)‏ Storage (EMC, Hitachi, IBM, HP, etc.)‏

43 ©2006 IBM Corporation.

44 Why Virtualize? Business Continuity / Disaster Recovery Cooling / Power / Space costs Efficiency / Standardization Flexibility / Responsiveness --------------------------- A different way to think about computing.

45 Things to Consider... Goals? Scope? Budget? Assess Current versus Future. Will applications/OS run in a VM? Ensure that you have good controls in place. Examine all Dimensions. Standard Wrapper is coming (OVF)‏ ***Look for quantifiable value***

46 So, Where Are We Headed? When the buzz dies down.... New Models for Services Infrastructure using... Data Center Virtualization Desktop/Application Virtualization

47 Some Interesting Sites

48 Impacts of Information Lifecycle Management and Physical Storage Systems on the Preservation of Digital Content Beth Forrest Warner University of Kansas

49 What’s the Issue? How do you store, organize and access 100 million items over the long term??? Digital Archiving vs. Digital Preservation Digital Preservation –process of managing electronic data for long- term accessibility & usability (>15 years) –Involves more than creating a backup Investment in appropriate technology and processes for retention and use over entire lifecycle of the data including: –Appropriate physical storage technologies –Lifecycle management processes –Attention to legal requirements for retention and disposition

50 Why is it Important? Institutional stewardship responsibilities for scholarly & administrative information –Current operations requirements –Long-term administrative integrity –Intellectual and cultural heritage Legal compliance issues –HIPAA, FERPA, GLB, PCI DSS requirements

51 Evolution and Impact How do you store, organize and access 100 million items over the long term??? Issues to consider: –Performance scaling –Data organization –Search capabilities –Reliability –Availability –Costs –Technology refresh –Differences between backup storage technology and archiving storage technology

52 Evolution and Impact Physical storage technology –Evolution from DAS -> SAN -> NAS -> OSD -> ISD –Focus shift from simple storage management -> content management -> knowledge / information management Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) –End-to-end focus on aligning value of information with cost-effective, flexible storage services –Value can change over time; requires automated methods to manage, retain, and migrate –Information Classification: process of assigning value leading to management requirements based on many attributes and risk factors

53 Evolution and Impact Getting much broader attention: –Forrester report: Building the 100-year Archive (2005) –Storage Networking Industry Association 100 Year Archive Task Force Information Classification: the Cornerstone to Information Management (2006) –Data Management Forum, Information Lifecycle Management Roadmap (2004)

54 Bottom Line Continuing access to digital content is fundamental to institution’s mission as –administrative entity –custodian of record of scholarship –creator of new knowledge Changes in physical storage and ILM technologies providing more realistic ways to deal with long-term issues and massive volume to support needs of the institution.

55 For More Information… Full white papers on the 2007 topics are posted on the Evolving Technologies Committee Web site: Also available - links to past white papers from 2000 through 2006

56 Questions?

57 Evolving Technologies Committee 2007 Members Kelvin Bentley Director of Distance Learning, Northampton Community College A. Michael Berman Senior Vice President/CTO, Art Center College of Design Malcolm B. Brown Director of Academic Computing, Dartmouth College Sharon Collins Project Manager, East Carolina University Saiid Ganjalizadeh Assistant Director for Instructional Technology, Catholic University of America Susan M. Lewis Special Assistant to the Dean, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign M. Christine McMahon Manager, Research Application Development, Saint Louis University Carlos Morales Instructional Designer, New Jersey City University John S. Moses Director, Technology Planning, University of Chicago Beth Forrest Warner Assistant Vice Provost, Information Services, University of Kansas Ira Winston IT Executive Director University of Pennsylvania Art St. George, Committee Chair Professor, Sociology; University of New Mexico

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