Educause Center for Applied Research (ECAR): ECAR provides information technology focused research and analysis to the higher education sector. It is a subscriber-driven research organization dedicated to understanding how technology impacts colleges and universities. If you are a current WMU faculty or staff member and are interested in accessing materials on the Educause ECAR site, please contact Greg Lozeau. More information can also be found on the ECAR website.
Technology collaboration: Technology has become the great disruptor. A true game changer. It touches almost every facet of our lives. Widespread adoption of smart phones has led to the creation of innovative technologies that have revolutionized entire industries. Today you can order your groceries on-line and they are delivered to your doorstep, or better yet, the Internet of Things allows your refrigerator to order your groceries for you. Driver-less cars are a reality. Drones are changing the face of the military. Almost all of us have experienced cyber crime first hand multiple times. Video streaming services have changed the way an entire generation watches “TV”. Instead of booking a hotel room it is now just as easy to rent someone’s house. Uber is no longer an adverb that means excessive. More electronic books are sold today than physical books. On-line learning systems allow you to get a degree from the comfort of your own home. And virtual reality instantaneously transports you anywhere on the planet, er, anywhere in the universe, er, anywhere your imagination can take you. Technology disruption can be a huge differentiator if it is used correctly which is why OIT staff are constantly looking for creative faculty, staff, and students who are interested in collaborating with OIT to embrace technology change. The Office of Information Technology is full of change agents eager to partner with you as you start on your technology journey. Together lets do something revolutionary!