Hitachi debuts OneVision, a new discount program for higher ed

New higher ed discount program OneVision offers specialized support and rewards

Hitachi America Digital Media Division is showcasing the LP-WU9750B, the company’s first ever solid-state laser projector at InfoComm 2016. The new laser diode light source offers approximately 20,000 hours of operation and, with no lamp or filter replacement, is maintenance free which provides dramatic reduction in cost of ownership.

It is also releasing a special program just for higher ed: the OneVision program, with discounts and service support. As a member of the OneVision Program, organizations will have direct access to dedicated Hitachi sales and service specialists. Hitachi specialists can arrange onsite demonstrations, provide evaluation units, and consult with teams on current and future projects.

OneVision perks include specialized pricing on projectors and accessories, extended five-year projector warranty, one-year lamp warranty upgrade, advanced replacement and program rewards. Members choose the reward of their choice between either a free lamp with the purchase of three projectors or free projector with the purchase of ten projectors.…Read More

Lecture capture used to proctor exams in higher education

Monitoring test takers with lecture-capture technology can save campuses money.

Valerie DeVoss knows what test cheating sounds like: Tapping on a smart phone, the rustling of unseen papers, and barely audible whispering – all tipoffs that can be recorded by lecture capture systems used to proctor exams for online students.

Devoss, nursing instructor at Laramie County Community College (LCCC) in Wyoming, said the campus’s switch to equipment traditionally used for recording professors’ lectures has helped educators there more closely monitor students who take quizzes and tests online, by themselves.

Colleges and universities have long used pricey technology to keep an electronic eye on online students. Eye and fingerprint scanners, along with expensive cameras are among the most common tech tools for proctoring web-based tests.…Read More

Universities find the virtualization sweet spot

Server virtualization has become a primary energy-saving strategy for campus technology departments.

There hasn’t been much opposition to ridding college campuses of clunky, energy-guzzling server racks, campus technology chiefs say, although creating virtual servers could result in an unwieldy mess if ed-tech staff aren’t careful.

Colleges and universities, like much of the private sector, have gravitated toward virtual servers in recent years—a move that lets campus technology officials clear the piles of servers that collect over time, cut down on electricity use, and satisfy faculty requests for more servers in less time.

The largest research universities and small private colleges alike have gone virtual with their campus’s servers, meaning the machinery is managed in a distant data center, for example.…Read More

Tech advances help make supercomputers more accessible

Brown University is making its new supercomputer available to organizations statewide.

Increased web access to powerful computing networks, along with federal funding and the declining cost of parts for supercomputers, have made the technology more available to college students and university researchers.

Once the domain of elite universities that regularly roped in millions of dollars in funding for scientific research, supercomputers have become more readily available in higher education and through competitive programs that aid the most worthy projects that require supercomputing capabilities.

Cloud computing—accessing virtual warehouses of information and calculation tools via the internet—has played a major role in the democratization of supercomputing, experts said.…Read More