Professor Beth Plale and Dean David Lewis have been appointed to co-chair Indiana University’s Digitization Master Plan (DMP). The plan was commissioned by IU President Michael McRobbie as one component of the forthcoming university master plan for IU’s bicentenary year in 2020.
IU is partnering with Norwegian company Pexip Inc. to deliver expanded videoconferencing services to its eight campuses and 135,000 students, faculty and staff.
McGraw-Hill Education will work closely with the University Information Technology Services Online Instructional Design and Development (OIDD) unit to provide services that support faculty and course development for IU Online, which offers more than 100 online IU degree and certificate programs to learners all over the world.
The Cyberinfrastructure Building (CIB) is the first building on Indiana University’s Bloomington campus to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
IU has implemented the Kuali Coeus Institutional Review Board, a comprehensive online system for the submission, review and approval of human subjects research. With seven Institutional Review Boards and more than 4,800 approved active research studies, IU is the largest university to implement this community-developed open source software.
Courseload, Inc. and IU were recently recognized as gold recipients in the IMS Global Learning Consortium’s Learning Impact Awards. The Courseload-IU eTexts and digital course materials initiative received the Learning Impact Award for its use of technology in addressing the challenges faced by the global learning community. Courseload is an innovator in the aggregation, delivery and use of eTexts and digital course materials.
IDG’s Computerworld Honors Program recently named Indiana University as a 2013 Laureate. The annual award program honors visionary information technology applications that promote positive social, economic and educational change. IU earned the distinction for its pioneering eTexts initiative and recent wireless network upgrade to ensure reliable and secure access to digital materials.
IU confirmed its leadership in high performance, data-intensive computing by unveiling Big Red II, a powerful new supercomputer with a processing speed of one thousand trillion floating-point operations per second (one petaFLOPS). Big Red II replaces the original Big Red, installed in 2006. The new supercomputer, which is 25 times faster than its predecessor, will enable vital new research to be done and breakthroughs in fields ranging from medicine and physics to fine arts and global climate research. Additionally, it is expected to attract and help retain faculty whose work requires advanced data-processing power. See also: HPCwire: Big Red II Colors New Page for Hybrid Systems.
The TechPoint Mira Awards recognized IU for IUanyWare, a cloud-based service that provides IU students, faculty and staff with on-demand access to over 200 software applications. The awards honor outstanding technology performers and contributors who benefit the state’s economy. IU received the Technology in Education Excellence & Innovation Award.
The Kuali Financial System is open source software that was created to fit the needs of colleges and universities. By definition, open source software is free to use, distribute and modify, meaning IU avoids the costs of licensing expensive commercial systems that often cost tens of millions of dollars to buy and install. IU fully implemented and transitioned to the Kuali System in February.
IUanyWare, IU’s cloud software service, is a 2013 recipient of ACUTA’s prestigious Institutional Excellence award. ACUTA (the Association for Information Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education) is an international nonprofit dedicated to serving the needs of higher education, including nearly 2,000 individuals at some 700 institutions. With IUanyWare, IU students, faculty and staff have on-demand access to software and linked file storage on almost any device from wherever they need to work.
IU has signed agreements with Blackboard Inc. and Desire2Learn Inc. to join Next.IU, the two-year pilot program to assess the technologies that best support teaching and learning at the university. Next.IU launched in fall 2012 with exploratory studies of Instructure’s Canvas learning management system (LMS) and CourseNetworking’s social media-based learning environment.
Indiana University today announces SAGE as the latest publisher to sign on to its eTexts initiative. SAGE is now the 11th publisher to partner with the university to provide digital materials to students on all IU campuses. This news comes on the heels of IU’s March 6 announcement that Cengage Learning joined the eText initiative. IU faculty can now choose digital texts from Cengage Learning, Elsevier Science & Technology Books, Flat World Knowledge, Harvard Business School Publishing, IU Press, MacMillan, McGraw-Hill, Pearson, SAGE, Wiley, and W.W. Norton.