Students, faculty, and staff can now access the tremendous online resources at EDUCAUSE.edu using their NetIDs.
EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association and the foremost community of IT leaders and professionals committed to advancing higher education. Because IT now plays such a transformative role in higher education, EDUCAUSE supports those who lead, manage, and use information technology through a comprehensive range of programs, resources, and activities.
EDUCAUSE recently announced that it has joined the InCommon Federation, the U.S. identity and access management federation, of which the University of Arizona is also a member. The InCommon Federation eliminates the need for researchers, students, and educators to maintain multiple passwords and usernames. Rather than requiring individuals to create new accounts for every service they wish to use, resource providers and educational institutions agree to use individuals’ institutional network account identifiers for access. This improves privacy and security for both individuals and institutions. One of the primary goals of federations like InCommon is to allow universities like UA to provide access to a wide range of off-campus resources while still protecting the security and privacy of our students, faculty, and staff. To learn more about Federated Identity Management Access, go to educause.edu/about/incommon.
There are a number of EDUCAUSE programs accessible by anyone with a UA NetID that can help you navigate the challenges involved in advancing higher education through information technology, including: • The EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research provides subscribers with timely research and analysis to help higher education leaders make better decisions about IT.
- Net@EDU promotes the development of advanced networking in higher education through member activities that span the spectrum of academic networking, from administration of campus networks to local, state, regional, national, and international networking projects.
- The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) a community of institutions, organizations, and corporations committed to advancing learning through IT innovation. ELI achieves this mission through a strategic focus on learners, learning principles and practices, and learning technologies.
- Networking Initiatives are focused efforts to define and develop emerging network technologies.
- Policy Initiatives is the association’s legislative and regulatory tracking and advocacy activities involving federal policies that impact IT in higher education.
- Security Initiatives are resources on computer and network security for the higher education community.
To take advantage of EDUCAUSE’s resources, go to educause.edu, click “log in,” choose the “InCommon login” option, then select “University of Arizona,” where you can login using your NetID. If you’re not already an EDUCAUSE member, you’ll be asked to set up a user profile first, but you will not be required to establish an ID and password apart from your UA credentials.