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What Can Blog@Case Do for ITS?

I couldn't agree more with Lev's Blogging and (IT) Project Management entry. Blog@Case gives us the opportunity to blow open the doors. To make University IT more open and transparent. All the people I work with are very passionate about what they do and are dedicated to making sure Case is a top tier University. We are not interested in treading water or being average; we want to do cool and exciting things. And, we do!

Unfortunately, it is not always communicated. You probably didn't know we were working on Blog@Case or Lists@Case. You might not know that, right now, at this very second, we are setting up the infrastructure for Federated Identity and a real Single Sign On framework (based around Pubcookie). (Not to mention the stuff that OneCleveland is up to.) We're also working on ways to leverage course data so that automatic per-course mailing lists and per-course blogs can be generated.

But, most of the time, we're only noticed when the mail system crashes.

Blog@Case gives us the chance to change all of that and effectively communicate at a better level. And, I would urge all the people at ITS to, at least, give it a shot. Write about your projects. Write about your hobbies. Write about projects you think should get started. Write about changes you think should be made. Post pictures. Suggest that WWW should give 301 redirects for anything requested www.cwru.edu to www.case.edu so our Google results straighten out (because they are a mess: compare this to this or this to this). There's a lot of room here to grow and explore.

But, this is just the IT aspect of it. There's a whole other level of interesting things that Blog@Case can be leveraged for: education, research, faculty. There is a growing Internet community based around leveraging weblog technology in Higher Education: EduResources Weblog, EduBlog Insights, Weblogg-ed...

I've anxious to see, once Blog@Case really gets going, how the faculty will begin using it. Harvard's faculty have really taken to it, and I hope ours do, too. Of course, we still have yet to be able to lure Professor Piderit over to us as she seems to post more to her other blog. (Maybe, now that she has taken a liking to del.icio.us, we can entice here with our del.icio.us integration ;) )

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    I wish I could reveal that much about the local web programming projects I'm involved with. There are at least 3 community projects that will fit nicely into all this.

    They'll be announced eventually, of course. But you're not alone!

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    I will third Lev and Jeremy. Not only is it nice for our customers (faculty/staff/students), it helps out the IT community within Case. As someone who works in IT outside of ITS, it is very helpful to see what is going on in ITS and other divisions. This information is usually only available if you are willing to dig and/or pester the right people.

    I look forward to seeing the projects going on around campus...

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    UCITE will be organizing a faculty session on using blogs later this semester to let people know what it is and its availability here. I'm hoping that will spur interest in using them more but it would be good to have examples of the effective use of blogs.

    I myself only heard about blogs@case existence through the ITS newsletter I got yesterday. But generally, word-of-mouth is how information about things like this seem to propagate at Case.

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    Just noticed that the time stamp on my earlier comment 9:22 AM is about 20 minutes later than the actual time of posting. Any reason for this?

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    Just noticed that the time stamp on my earlier comment 9:22 AM is about 20 minutes later than the actual time of posting. Any reason for this?

    The server use NTP to keep its clock in sync with the rest of the world. But, for some reason, it runs fast. I'll check with the Server Engineers and see if I can't get that corrected (or, at least, get an explanation).

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    UCITE will be organizing a faculty session on using blogs later this semester to let people know what it is and its availability here.

    UCITE? What's UCITE? Will this session be open to anyone? I'd like to attend.

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    UCITE is the University Center for Innovation and Teaching Excellence, which Mano directs.

    http://www.case.edu/menu/ucite/

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    The session will be on February 10 and will be run by Mace Mentch. He will talk about using technology in teaching and blogs will be one aspect of it, but not exclusively. You are very welcome to attend.

    You can check the UCITE events calendar at www.case.edu/provost/UCITE and follow the link to "Events" for more details.

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    At Warwick Blogs, we got a lot of people from IT signing up just out of curiousity, but because there was no clear guidance as to _why_ they should sign up, they tried it out for a week and then got bored.

    If it was made very clear to staff about the kinds of things to write and try and get them a good audience, then I think the possibilities you mentioned would be great.
    If you could aggregate together all content from IT staff onto a single one-stop "This is what IT are up to" type page, then people would be far more likely to visit.

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