We discuss our initial experience with the transition from conventional technology to social networking sites and other cloud-backed sites for three core business functions of an academic computer science department at a mid-size private university: course management, research collaboration, and community engagement. We ﬁrst discuss the social/cultural context that informs our technology choices, as well as the evolution of the technology choices themselves. Then, we identify the targeted department functions and their actors. Next, we describe the past and present technical architectures used to support these functions. We conclude with a discussion of our preliminary experience with this transition and to what extent our experience can be generalized into a blueprint that can be adopted by other organizations.
Initial experience in moving key academic department functions to social networking sitesProc. 6th International Conference on Software and Data Technologies
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Copyright StatementCopyright © 2011 David Dennis, Konstantin Läufer, and George K. Thiruvathukal
Citation InformationDavid Dennis, Konstantin Läufer, and George K. Thiruvathukal, "Initial experience in moving key academic department functions to social networking sites", In Proc. 6th International Conference on Software and Data Technologies (ICSOFT) (July 2011)