Welcome to our eNewsletter, Spotlight on IT.  Each month we will spotlight a different trend or topic in the information technology world.  If you would like to receive this publication in your inbox, subscribe here.

This month’s spotlight is all about Academic Technology.

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Learning Management Systems

  • The LMS market was worth an estimated $2.55 billion in 2013 and is expected to be worth over $7 billion by 2018.
  • In terms of users, Moodle is the leader in the LMS market with 79.6 millions users. Edmodo comes in second with 49 million, followed by SuccessFactors with 28 million users.
  • Last academic year cuLearn (powered by Moodle) was used for 3,550 courses.

Teaching with Technology

  • In an online course, 40% of student inquiries were answered by a Robot TA, Jill Watson, at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
  • Professor Peggy Hartwick uses 3D technology to teach English as a Second Language here at Carleton.
  • At Carleton 97 classrooms are equipped to support Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). This service allows students to access applications without needing them to be installed on their own devices.

Learning with Technology

  • 75% of students report that using an iPad in the classroom enhances their learning experience.
  • 43 Instructors and 2,012 students in 54 classes used cuPortfolio to promote student-centered learning in courses.  Here is an example of how students in engineering and physics are using the service.
  • Physics Professor Michael Donkers is developing a Virtual Lab Environment (VLE) for students to fully explore all the theories and phenomena they learn in class.

Technology in the Classroom: A Student’s Perspective

Academic technologies are extremely useful tools for engaging students in course material and enhancing their overall learning experience.

This month, Madison Pearce, a co-op student with Web Services, shares her experiences using five different academic technologies in the classroom and offers a few suggestions to faculty members looking to use technology in the classroom.  Read more…

5 Things We Thought You Should Know

  • Web at Carleton: Yesterday Web Services held a Coffee Break event to fill the community in on what’s going on in the web at Carleton. Here’s a recap for you.
  • IT Security Tip: Malicious content contained in emails is on the rise. Here are some tips to help protect against phishing, malware and ransomware.
  • New Knowledge Base: ITS is getting a knowledge base. This is really going to help clean up our ITS website and make it easier for our clients to find the documentation they need. You can expect to hear a lot more about this in the coming months, but in the meantime, if you want a preview here’s the test site you can check out.
  • Single Sign On: Carleton CMS websites are the first IT services to be moved into our Single Sign On environment.
  • Out of Office: Taking some time off this August? Here are some tips to setting your out of office messages.