Top 10 IT Issues for Higher Education in 2015

According to EducationDive, topping the higher ed technology association’s 2015 list are recruiting and retaining qualified IT staff, as well as keeping existing staff up to date on their skills. The research also shows that colleges and universities face a widening tech adoption gap that they’ll need to address if they are to meet IT security and cost challenges, as well as “new normals” like mobile, cloud, online learning, and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies.

Read/download Educause report here.


NSF Call for Proposals on Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation (US only)

NSF has established the Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation (SI2) program, with the overarching goal of transforming innovations in research and education into sustained software resources that are an integral part of the cyberinfrastructure.

SI2 is a long-term investment focused on catalyzing new thinking, paradigms, and practices in developing and using software to understand natural, human, and engineered systems. SI2‘s intent is to foster a pervasive cyberinfrastructure to help researchers address problems of unprecedented scale, complexity, resolution, and accuracy by integrating computation, data, networking, observations and experiments in novel ways. NSF expects that its SI2 investment will result in robust, reliable, usable and sustainable software infrastructure that is critical to achieving the CIF21 vision and will transform science and engineering while contributing to the education of next generation researchers and creators of future cyberinfrastructure. Education at all levels will play an important role in integrating such a dynamic cyberinfrastructure into the fabric of how science and engineering is performed.

For more information:

Full Proposal Deadline Date:  March 19, 2013

Full Proposal Deadline Date:  February 3, 2014

The Horizon Report – a Must Read and Resource for Emerging Use of Technology in Education (NMC)

I just had a great conversation with Larry Johnson,  Chief Executive Officer of the The New Media Consortium in Austin, Texas. Below his ‘elevator speech’ for higher education leaders….  I encourage all of you to browse the links and reports and contact Larry should you want to contribute to this exciting and important issue concerning higher education learning.

“The NMC’s Horizon Project may very well be producing the single most important body of research into emerging technology within the world of education. With over one million downloads of its 26 editions and 35 translations in the past ten years, the NMC Horizon Report series provides the higher education, K-12, and museum communities across the globe a key strategic technology planning tool that is continuously refreshed and updated.  The NMC and the Horizon Project are best known for its flagship Horizon Reports that focus on higher education and K12 globally, but the research into the uptake of technology goes far beyond what is published in those key publications.  The NMC does extensive work regionally around the world as well, working with ministries of education and other key groups to produce specialized reports for Latin America, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand, and is currently working on projects in Singapore amd Brazil, and planning projects for both India and Africa.  The Horizon research is truly global in scope and reach.  

 In 2012, the NMC is working on a new globally focused report aimed at understanding where key technology trends in STEM-based higher education are heading.  That report will be released in early fall 2012.

 Links to all the Reports:


 iTunes U Collections

 Iberoamerican HR wiki (Spanish):

 Higher Ed wiki:

NEW! HP Institute: a Unique Academic Partnership Program

HP Institute is an academic partnership program that provides students with the business-ready IT skills that industry needs.  Through the HP Institute program, HP makes it easy for academic institutions to enhance their degree programs with industry context and practical experience that will differentiate their graduates as they enter the workforce.  The HP offering includes a complete curriculum, a practice test that prepares students for an industry recognized certification, and hands-on lab experiences that enable a student to design and implement an entire end to end IT solution for a small or medium business company.  HP has packaged the complete learning solution into an ATA (Accredited Technical Associate) certification.  There are four academic courses available: 

  • Connected Devices provides the ability to discover a company’s business objectives and design a multi-device, connected client solution incorporating PCs, tablets, mobile internet clients.
  • Networks provides the ability to translate the business objectives of a company into a technology strategy and design a secure wired and wireless network solution.
  • Servers & Storage provides the ability to discover a company’s business objectives and to design a design an appropriate server, storage and application solution.
  • Cloud provides the ability to translate a company’s business objectives into a technology strategy and to design end-to-end IT solutions that include on-site, hosted and cloud based solutions in a small and medium business environment.

HP is the first IT vendor to provide an IT architecture certification including practical experience and job-ready skills into an academic setting.  Working with education enables HP to ensure continuous availability of talent that has precisely the skill and expertise that IT and business leaders need to achieve their business objectives.

For more information and a free 30-day trial visit: and 

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Contacts: Lueny Morell ( and Brian Beneda (