Educational technology often takes center stage when we discuss the potential disruption of learning both online and on college campuses. From flipped classrooms to adaptive learning, nearly all educators and administrators are actively designing and testing new ways to improve student outcomes with the help of technology. Yet there remains ample opportunity for real disruption to service models in higher education.
The role of IT leaders in higher education has never been more important. In a recent survey published by Educause, CIOs report that they are responsible for nearly all information technology on campus. This not only makes campus IT chiefs indispensable but also uniquely positioned to advocate for technology-fueled change that impacts student success campus-wide.
Educause’s top priorities for IT leaders identified key issues that CIOs will face in the next year, which include keeping information secure, enabling student success, improving affordability, scaling technology solutions, and improving data-informed decision making throughout campus. As IT leaders look to shape future outcomes beyond the coming year — and really disrupt learning — we expect them to find unique solutions to the following challenges.
While technology can support innovation in higher education, it’s the people that make change happen. Most educational technologies and systems are not one-size-fits-all, so it is up to campus CIOs and IT leaders to help identify the right systems to support and enhance the student learning experience in their institutions.
Our latest case study details how Yale scaled video across campus to maximize the efficiency and use of an important tool that was being used to enrich learning experiences in many ways.