NJEDge.Net joins the New Jersey Big Data Alliance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NJEDge. Net joins the New Jersey Big Data Alliance NEWARK, New Jersey, December 12, 2016 – NJEDge.Net has joined the New Jersey Big Data Alliance (NJBDA). “NJEDge.Net is well positioned to provide, as needed, data transport services across the state and among NJBDA members,” according to Dr. Ed Chapel, Senior Vice President and COO.  “The missions, goals and objectives of NJEDge.Net, New Jersey’s Research and Education Network, and the New Jersey Big Data Alliance are complementary in so many ways that our joining forces makes perfect sense.”

The NJBDA (http://njbda.weebly.com/) was established by the Rutgers Office of Research and Economic Development and the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute to catalyze the collaboration among New Jersey government, academia and industry that will enable all parties to address the significant and immediate challenges posed by the proliferation of data sources and the resultant deluge of digital data in a strategic and coordinated manner.  Its founding members are Kean University, Montclair State University, N.J. Institute of Technology, Rowan University, Stockton University, Rutgers University, Stevens Institute of Technology and The College of New Jersey.  In building advanced computation capabilities and expertise, it strives to enable New Jersey businesses and higher education institutions to leverage, analyze and protect data-increasing in its competitiveness and thereby improving NJBDA’s ability to secure federal funding and driving innovation.

“NJEDge.Net is extremely pleased to be a participant in the New Jersey Big Data Alliance,” Dr. Samuel Conn, President and CEO of NJEDge.Net remarked.  “Big data and data analytics represent a critical component of how universities, government, and industry will innovate and achieve competitive advantage in the new century,”

The NJBDA brings together members from across the state with the overarching goals of identifying areas of..
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October 7th, 2016|


Does a DOJ Rule Change Mean Greater Security or Allow the Government to Hack Your Computer?

A change in rules which the Department of Justice says simply gives more courts a way to order online surveillance is now in effect, much to the dismay of numerous organizations nationally.                                                                                                    

 The changes to Rule 41 went into effect on December 1, 2016, and the DOJ says, “The amendments do not change any of the traditional protections and procedures under the Fourth Amendment, such as the requirement that the government establish probable cause.  Rather, the amendments would merely ensure that at least one court is available to consider whether a particular warrant application comports with the Fourth Amendment.” (DOJ blog, June 20, 2016)                          The DOJ says the rule changes are meant for specific cases, such as uncovering the location of a computer that has purposely been veiled to hide its location, or to help reduce the number of warrants that would need to be issued in a case where many jurisdictions would have individually needed to be involved. 

Not so says a number of organizations nationally, including the American Civil Liberties Union,..
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April 7th, 2016|

Gamification Workshop Wrapup

The second annual Simulation and Gamification Workshop was held at Rutgers.  There were four 90 minute workshops and a keynote.

Joey J. Lee is Research Assistant Professor of Technology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University and Director of the Games Research Lab, gave a keynote talk on “Games for Social and Educational Impact: Lessons Learned and What’s Next?” and followed up with a workshop on “Games for Social and Educational Impact.”


Thomas Heinzen of William Paterson University facilitated a workshop on “Practice Using Game Design to Increase Student Completion Rates.”  After lunch there were two more workshops, one with Matthew Farber of Ne\w Jersey City University on “Designing Student Experiences with Game-Based Learning”


Gayle Stein, Rutgers University, and Beth Ritter-Guth, Union County College, original producers of the gamification series, facilitated a hands-on workshop on “Cookies and Mohr: A Business Simulation.”



Gamification series of videos will soon be available at NJVID.net

April 7th, 2016|
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    Finding Our Voice: Instructional Designers in Higher Education

Finding Our Voice: Instructional Designers in Higher Education

NJEDge.Net held its first instructional design workshop last summer. We are a member-driven organization which provides opportunities for professional development for our members and with our members.  Sandra L. Miller, deputy CIO and director of Instruction & Research Technology at William Paterson University, and Gayle Stein,associate director for Instructional Technology at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey  and Sheri Prupis, NJEDge’s Vice President of Academic and Community Engagement, planned an event where instructional designers, technologists, faculty and professional staff participate in an intense workshop. The workshop was led by Drs. Stein and Miller, sponsored by NJEDge and hosted at Rutgers.

Based on the input from participants of the workshop and their recent research on instructional designers/technologists in higher education, Drs. Miller and Stein collaborated on a write-up of their findings, and on February 8th, Educause Review published their article in its Why IT Matters in Higher Education section.  The write-up explains what exactly is it that Instructional Designers/Technologists do? It discusses skill sets, pedagogy, and teaching innovations.
February 18th, 2016|

NJEDge’s video conferencing choice, Vidyo, has just been endorsed by Gartner

On January 11th Vidyo announced that they have been positioned by Gartner as a “Visionary” in the Magic Quadrant for Web Conferencing,

February 1st, 2016|

2015 Annual Conference Poster Winners

Congratulations to Robert Torres, Berkeley College, and Mary Balkun, Seton Hall University. They have both won the first prize award for their poster presentations.

December 21st, 2015|

Bloomfield Updates Wireless Infrastructure

“Jim and Bruce always made time for Bloomfield. I commend them highly for helping us out.” – Laszlo Marshall, IT Administrator

October 27th, 2015|
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    NJEDge.Net Selects Send Word Now® as its Emergency Notification Service Provider

NJEDge.Net Selects Send Word Now® as its Emergency Notification Service Provider

June 10th, 2015|

NJEDge Annual Conference 2015

The NJEDge Annual Conference is all about professional development to show your best practices and to learn from your collegues. Register Today >>


April 13th, 2015|

NJEDge Faculty Showcase at New Jersey City University.

You know when, at the start of the project, you have gut feeling that it’s going to be great. Well, that’s the feeling we got when New Jersey City University proposed that it should host the 2015 Faculty Best Practices showcase. Our NJCU colleagues: Dr. Chris Shamburg, Professor and Coordinator of Doctoral Program in NJCU Educational Technology Leadership and Graduate Program in Educational Technology, and Dr. Laura Zieger, Chairperson and Professor of Educational Technology and School Library Media, were immediately on board to strategize logistics of the spring event. Eager collaborators and excellent hosts.

Dr. Etienne Wenger-Trayner, nationally renowned educator, was the key note speaker. His talk on “Learning in landscapes of practice” was insightful and anecdotal. Members of our Academic Technology Group, part of EDge.Networks, use Etienne teaching modules for their technology innovations. Ken Ronkowitz of NJIT told me enthusiastically that Etienne’s mode of teaching is included in the presentation that Ken gave later on at the showcase.

The IGNITE session that followed after Etienne’s talk was as informative as it was lively. Fran Moran, Chris Shamburg, Laura Zieger, and Deborah Nagler of NJCU, Martin Hoffman of Burlington Community College, and Tina Zappile of Stockton University were each given 5 minutes, 20 slides to present their topic. Linda Feeney of Stockton was the able moderator.

It was Laura’s first IGNITE session which she found to be interesting. But her highest compliment was saved for us.

NJCU wanted the opportunity to honor Marie Fosello, one of the early adapters to technology and teaching, with the NJCU Trailblazer Award. NJEDge also acknowledged Marie with our 2015 Award for Excellence. This was a nice moment that made the showcase like a family gathering, a..
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April 9th, 2015|