Privacy, Big Data, and Educational Data, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 2, 2016

Both HarvardX and Canvas generate a great deal of data about the users of those systems, data that promises to move educational research to the era of big data. But students are protected by laws and regulations such as FERPA. This talk will discuss recent findings that show a tension between the notion of privacy that those laws and regulations require and the integrity of the data used in the research.

End User Backup Made Easy with CrashPlan PROe, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 2, 2016

In the fall of 2012, HMS IT added a centralized end user backup service. Currently, we’re backing up 1,094 users, who have 130TB of data protected with CrashPlan. By providing a lightweight, free, automatic backup service to all on quad faculty and staff, HMS IT has saved time and money by enabling clients to recover deleted/damaged/lost files. We’d like to share how we implemented this service, as well as client feedback and success stories.

Phish, Flop, or Fine?, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 2, 2016

Email scams continue to be effective at gathering user credentials, and many of our legitimate business messages exhibit phishing red flags – particularly links to non-Harvard websites. Let’s take the burden off of individual recipients to distinguish between “phish” and “flop” and ensure we deliver clean and trustworthy messages to them. Learn about email best practices and some new tools available to you, as well.

Big Data Panel, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 2, 2016

Funding agencies and journals have encouraged scientists to make primary data publicly available whenever possible. When you have a mandate but no solution, what can you do? A joint project between Harvard Medical School and Harvard University with support from the Helmsley Trust strives to develop tools to publish large biomedical datasets to address this emerging community need.

Harvard Phone Next Generation Communications, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 2, 2016

Harvard Phone is a new service that lets you decide where you make and take calls at Harvard. Whether it’s a landline, your laptop, or your mobile phone, you have one Harvard number for all your devices. Come visit the Harvard Phone booth to see and experience the next generation phones and capabilities through live demonstrations. Visit for more information on Harvard Phone.

Rubrics and Peer-Review in Canvas: Examples from FAS and HKS, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 2, 2016

The University-wide adoption of Canvas at Harvard has enabled pedagogical innovations spanning schools and a variety of educational settings. This presentation will describe how two advanced features, rubrics and peer-review, have been used in residential courses in FAS and HKS, as well as in an online continuing education course offered through the Center for International Development at HKS. Findings and lessons learned will be discussed.

Web Accessibility: What You Need to Know and Why, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 2, 2016

Those of us who are responsible for digital content know about the importance of making websites and applications equally accessible to people with and without disabilities. For many of us, the question is: How can this be achieved? This session will provide an overview about why accessibility is important and where you can find information that you can leverage.

TLT in Action: Stories from the Schools, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 2, 2016

Curious about the latest technologies used at Harvard in teaching and learning? Want to hear how Schools and HUIT are working together to help faculty leverage technology? Please join us to learn about the Teaching and Learning Technologies (TLT) program, DCE’s plans to help faculty deepen use of Canvas LMS, FAS’s development of LTI tools to expand Canvas, and HUIT’s plans for the future of academic technology.

Kristin Lofblad Sullivan, Program Director, Teaching and… Read more about TLT in Action: Stories from the Schools

Building a Cloud-Based Data Warehouse: An HBX Case Study, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 2, 2016

Amazon Web Services has a hosted data warehouse product called Redshift, a high performance, columnar database ideal for large datasets and heavy analytic workloads. But how do you get your data into Redshift, and what are the analytics options? This talk provides a case study about our implementation of a data warehouse for the HBX online learning platform, including ETL and analytics tool assessment, working with complex data structures from MongoDB, and lessons learned.

An Open Source “Playbook”: Considerations When Sharing Your Code, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 2, 2016

Taking a software project open source is a complex process. Issues ranging from “What license should I use?” to “How do we create an engaged user community?” need to be addressed. Taking lessons learned from open sourcing several products, the Harvard Catalyst Informatics team has created an open source “playbook” to help other teams navigate the process. This discussion will include, among other topics: infrastructure considerations, quality of the distributed code, and support.