Trying to get to Educause

Haven’t blogged much in recent weeks but what better time to jot down some ideas, comments, concerns then while stuck at the airport waiting to get on my way to Anaheim. Yes, Educause, which I have actually tried to skip in recent years willing to avoid the zoo of vendors and networking. But Educause is great for professional networking which is driving this visit. I do have hopes for discovering some critical trends or relationships. One high on my list is to get a better look at the potential of Matterhorn, a free, open-source platform to support the management of educational audio and video content. EdTech today is all about video/audio for various forms of content creation and distribution. This area is not rocket science it is just time and resource heavy so productivity help is always desired but the ROI has not yet been right. I loaded Matterhorn on my Apple Mini just to verify that it was valid and OK to push my EdTech team to invest more time into testing it. My initial feedback is very positive.

Other key take-aways I desire from Educause would be continued progress in defining our path toward CRM/DW/BI. My Director of Media Production Services is also attending this year which adds to the confirmation about what is important. So hopefully Alaska Airlines will get me to Disneyland today and the EdTech, IT Management geek fest will begin.

Congratulations Microsoft on the release of the Windows 7 Phone

Please let the Verizon iPhone “rumors” be true – I will switch from AT&T

About ghsmith76

Greg Smith is currently the Interim CIO at Western Washington University. Prior to WWU Greg was the CIO at Missouri S&T, and before that the CIO for George Fox University in Newberg, OR. Greg went to the Northwest from the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology in Indianapolis, IN. where he served as the Director of IT for 8 years. Prior to the IT career in Academia, Greg was a Systems Consultant with Hewlett-Packard primarily with the Analytical Group working out of San Francisco,Cincinnati and Indianapolis. Greg's passion as a CIO in Higher Education comes from his belief that Technology can benefit Teaching & Learning.

Posted on October 11, 2010, in EdTech, Educause, Video and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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