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CCNMTL Contributes to Higher Ed Tech Forum

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Dan Beeby, CCNMTL associate director of services, represented Columbia at the fourth annual New York Higher Ed Tech Forum. The NYHETF aims to gather IT professionals working in higher education institutions in New York to foster a spirit of collaboration. This year's session on June 3rd was hosted by Adelphi University, Long Island and it attracted about 100 attendees from 10 universities.

The theme of this year's forum was "Navigating the Shifting Tides." Beeby first presented highlights of "shifting tides" at Columbia in a five-minute lightning talk. Those highlights included:

  • transition to the Sakai LMS
  • IT emphasis on administrative applications
  • the increase use of third-party IT vendors
  • the growth of interest and use of lecture capture systems
  • the switch to cloud-based email and calendaring

Beeby also presented at the teaching and learning session on the implementation and success of Wikispaces at Columbia, which is now entering its fourth year. The hour-long presentation was well received and it covered multiple points related to the integration of a collaborative system into the university environment, including, single sign-on, provisioning, templating, and branding. Adam Frey, co-founder of, joined Dan at the event to help with the presentation.