EDUCAUSE Quarterly Magazine, Volume 31, Number 3, 2008

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Overcoming the Fear of Gaming: A Strategy for Incorporating Games into Teaching and Learning
The effective use of games in academia requires a critical approach to the medium and a willingness to let go of the learning process and harness its outcomes
By Rafael C. Alvarado

Foreign Language Faculty in the Age of Web 2.0
Technological skills and understanding how to employ Web 2.0 tools to successfully support pedagogy are vital for foreign language faculty today
By Edwige Simon


Security Metrics: A Solution in Search of a Problem
The multifaceted aspects of security programs become clearer with the creation and collection of appropriate metrics
By Joel Rosenblatt

Do Emergency Text Messaging Systems Put Students in More Danger?
The rush to use text messaging as an emergency notification system fails to consider the weaknesses and potential hazards of this solution
By John Bambenek and Agnieszka Klus


Assessing Learning and Scholarly Technologies: Lessons from an Institutional Survey
Surveying the university community taught us about the importance of the process as well as the survey results
By Cara Lane and Greg Yamashiro

Faculty Development Programming: If We Build It, Will They Come?
A faculty development survey analyzed what faculty want and need to be successful teaching online
By Ann Taylor and Carol McQuiggan

Collaborative Development: A New Culture Affects an Old Organization
Using a collaborative model for developing IT projects delivered high-quality results with collateral benefits to the organization
By Jim Phelps and Terry Ruzicka

Moving to Moodle: Reflections Two Years Later
Adopting an open source learning management system combined benefits and challenges, with lessons for change management
By Ining Tracy Chao


Information Sharing for IT Security Professionals
Developing a network of professional contacts creates an effective support system for information sharing
By Rodney J. Petersen

Growing the Next Generation of Leaders
Aspiring IT leaders can take specific steps to develop their skills and help their colleagues grow
By Rebecca Gould, Elizabeth Unger, and Annie Bacon


Leveraging Technology and Human Systems in an Emergency
Saint Peter’s College responded to a bomb threat and evacuated the campus safely and efficiently thanks to close integration of human systems with IT
By Stan Molinski

Directing Traffic: Managing Internet Bandwidth Fairly
Using open source software to build a traffic management system gave our campus network neutrality, low costs, and low maintenance for managing bandwidth
By Thomas A. Paine and Tyler J. Griggs

Student Input in College Decision Making
Students—often the largest group of users of institutional services—can be a pivotal voice in campus technology decisions involving outsourcing
By Celeste M. Schwartz, Emory M. Craig, Jeff Trzeciak, Julie K. Little, and Veronica Diaz


Online Social Media in Crisis Events
Investigation of recent disasters reveals use of online social media as an emergent, significant, and often accurate form of public participation and back channel communication
By Leysia Palen