The New World of Higher Learning Webcast Series – February 26th & 28th, 2008

As part of Microsoft’s ongoing commitment to help students, faculty and administrators realize their full potential, the Microsoft Education team is hosting a series of webcasts designed to address the specific needs of colleges and universities.  Please join us for the following sessions to discover how Microsoft technologies can help enhance learning experiences while increasing productivity and operational efficiency.  


The following sessions are being offered on February 26th and 28th, 2008:


February 26th - 9:00 am to 10:00 am EST


Maximizing the benefits of Windows Vista in Higher Education


In today’s world of education, educators and students require better access to information and rich collaboration tools while IT departments struggle to minimize complexity, maintain security and reliability, and streamline operations.   During this session, we will examine the role that Windows Vista plays in meeting these needs.  Specifically, we will discuss the numerous benefits Windows Vista provides to students, faculty and IT including the enhanced user interface, new networking and collaboration features, better ways to find and use information, and unprecedented levels of security and reliability.  We will also cover Windows Vista's system requirements, planning tools and Volume Activation 2.0 options.


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Event ID: 1032368602


February 26th - 10:30 am to 11:30 am EST


Managing & Deploying Desktop Images & Software in Higher Education


The diversity of student and faculty needs, combined with the challenge of supporting a variety of hardware throughout large campuses, makes desktop image and software deployment a complex and inefficient process.  Fortunately, the latest generation of technologies from Microsoft can help IT departments of any size dramatically decrease the inefficiencies and costs associated with desktop deployment.  This session will cover lite and zero-touch deployment strategies made possible by Microsoft System Center, options for virtualized software distribution with Microsoft Softgrid, and the Microsoft Solution Accelerator for Business Desktop Deployment.


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Event ID: 1032368603


February 26th - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EST


Software, Patch and Policy Management for Personal Systems in Higher Education


The physical size of today's campuses, the prevalence of remote learners and faculty, and the diversity of user systems requires that higher education IT departments have a solid strategy for maintaining software, deploying updates and enforcing policy on user systems.  The ability to remotely identify, isolate, and correct systems that are not compliant is critical for ensuring the security and reliability of the campus infrastructure.  During this session we will explore how Microsoft System Center and the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack enable efficient management and maintenance of personal computers across campus.


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Event ID: 1032368604


February 26th - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST


Data Continuity in Higher Education


Management of information is key to the success of any organization, and the results of lost data can range from reduced productivity to legal repercussions.  In this session, attendees will discover how Microsoft's System Center Data Protection Manager enables the implementation of a backup strategy designed to meet the unique needs of the institution.


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Event ID: 1032368601




February 28th - 9:00 am to 10:00 am EST


Web-based Team Collaboration & Institutional Portals in Higher Education


In nearly every aspect of life, students and faculty use web-based services to connect with information and people.  Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 provides a single, integrated environment where students and faculty can efficiently collaborate and share ideas while connecting to institution resources and systems.  During this session, we will examine how Microsoft Office SharePoint Server enables higher education users to create collaborative workspaces and easily access information, applications and services.


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Event ID: 1032368565


February 28th - 10:30 am to 11:30 am EST


Enterprise Search Solutions for Higher Education


With huge volumes of information stored in an unmanaged state across multiple systems, students and faculty often struggle to find the information they need.  Join us to discover how the enterprise search capabilities of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server enable users to search across multiple repositories, returning results which are tuned for relevance, respect security permissions, and go beyond documents to include people and expertise.


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Event ID: 1032368567


February 28th - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EST


Websites, Wikis & Blogs: Empowering Faculty & Students to Manage Web Content


Maintaining website or portal content in higher education is uniquely challenging.  The autonomy of departments means faculty members or even students might manage the content while IT possesses the skills and access required to publish it.  Additionally, having recognized the simplicity and power of blogs and wikis, students and faculty are eager to establish a personal web presence on the institution's web.  Learn how the integrated Web content management capabilities of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Microsoft SharePoint Designer enable IT to maintain site security and branding while providing end users the freedom to publish new web content using easy authoring tools and built-in templates.


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Event ID: 1032368571


February 28th - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST


Streamlining Business Processes in Higher Education with Forms & Workflow Solutions 


Managing the collection, distribution and integration of information is a challenge across all departments within Higher Education.  From provisioning new faculty to managing financials, many core business functions rely on manual processes and multiple disconnected applications.  Discover how the advanced workflow and forms capabilities of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server enable institutions to automate business processes, incorporating data from multiple systems.


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Event ID: 1032368560

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