What Higher Ed CIOs Should Know About Preferred Names and Pronouns

Top of Mind: What Higher Ed CIOs Should Know About Preferred Names and Pronouns

Preferred name and pronoun use has been on higher education’s radar for a while now, but interest—particularly in technology support—has increased in the last several years.1 Many of today’s students use preferred names exclusively across public and private settings. Although their reasons vary, the practice is closely associated with transitions in gender identity. Gender-neutral pronoun […]

The New Norm of Institutions Establishing a Virtual Culture

Top of Mind: The New Norm of Institutions Establishing a Virtual Culture

When universities and colleges across the country began reopening their doors, it wasn’t going back that was so uncomfortable for many students. It was differentiating between the option to attend in person or digitally. As a semi-recent college graduate who experienced first-hand both traditional and online schooling, I imagine that many students felt pressured to […]

The long game: Focusing on the Needs of Others

Top of Mind: Focusing on the Needs of Others

Milos Topic, Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Digital Officer at Grand Valley State University, spoke with Kathy Lang, Tambellini’s Vice President of Member Relationships, about solving problems by focusing on the needs of others first. Listen as Kathy and Milos discuss: Greatest influencers for change in learning environments, data analytics, and administrative systems The impact of […]

Hybrid Is Not the New Normal

Top of Mind: Hybrid is not the New Normal

This winter, I’ve been struck by how often I’ve heard that “hybrid is the new normal” for higher education.[1] EdTech vendor briefings are a common source, typically in the context of new or improved synchronous learning technology. Industry tends to define hybrid more broadly than institutions to include formal and informal combinations of asynchronous, synchronous, […]

HyFlex ByeFlex: Rethinking the Way Forward

Top of Mind: HyFlex ByeFlex

As pandemic-related restrictions ease and pressures to return to campus increase, higher education institutions are pivoting away from remote instruction and towards what many call HyFlex learning, a hybrid-flexible format in which students attend class sessions in person or virtually, while faculty toggle their attention between environments. As Professor Kevin Gannon recently observed, “HyFlex courses […]

Online Proctoring: A Call for Action for Academic Technology Leaders

Top of Mind: Online Proctoring

When COVID-19 first forced higher education institutions to adopt remote instruction, many colleges and universities prioritized online proctoring solutions among their academic technology needs. In April, an EDUCAUSE quick poll reported that 77 percent of responding institutions had already adopted online proctoring solutions or were planning to adopt them in the near future. This finding […]

Humanizing Online Learning: Creating a Social Engagement Toolkit

Top of Mind: Humanizing Online Learning

As colleges and universities settle into another semester of remote instruction, many institutions are striving to create a cohesive community experience for students. The commitment to social engagement has manifested in different ways, including the desire to preserve authentic classroom interactions in online learning spaces. In fact, 40 percent of institutions responding to a recent […]

Coronavirus, Compassion, and Change

Top of MInd: Newsworthy for Higher Ed

I feel for my former colleagues and friends in higher education right now. Having recently left an institutional role, I can easily imagine the conversations that are happening on campuses across the United States, the difficult decisions that are being made, and the stress that COVID-19 is creating for institutions and their leaders, their faculty […]

Coronavirus and COVID-19: How Colleges and Universities Should Prepare

Top of Mind Podcast: Coronavirus and COVID-19: How Colleges and Universities Should Prepare

Tambellini’s Vice President of Industry Relations Raechelle Clemmons discusses measures higher education institutions should take to prepare for consequences of the novel coronavirus. This podcast focuses on disaster recovery and business continuity and the unique situations in which institutions may find themselves. Colleges and universities may be faced with the need to close, requiring IT […]