Articles: March/April 2014
EDUCAUSE presents the top-ten IT issues facing higher education institutions. Many of these issues are not new. But in 2014 the ideas, solutions, and models that have been accumulating in higher education and technology will hit IT organizations—and the institutions they serve—fast and hard. This is the year that the front part of the herd will join the mavericks, tipping the balance for the rest.
Members of the IT Issues Panel believe that higher education IT organizations must balance innovation with execution in order to remain relevant and be successful.
These tables show the top IT issues for all U.S. respondents and by Carnegie Classification and institutional technology approach.
Learning analytics holds increasing potential for student agency and autonomy, highlighting a need for ethical discourse at all levels of higher education institutions. Topics central to this dialogue include student awareness of analytics, the future of algorithms and learning analytics, and the redefinition of failure.
To learn more about compelling video, a team at the Columbia University School of Continuing Education examined analytics from the hosting platform and recruited 10 students for in-depth interviews. They found that videos with high numbers of views usually connect directly to course assignments or assessments.
The EDUCAUSE Top-Ten IT Issues represent an average of many opinions, leaving the question, What might an individual institution do to address the issues on the list? Sharing ideas would aid development of best practices for small colleges based on information not just from small institutions but also from IT organizations that operate more like a small college than a large one.
Clearly defining what leadership means in your organization, embedding it in your culture, and focusing on the development of all employees better positions your organization to influence the change necessary to move it forward.
Key drivers behind the changes in the PCI DSS standard include the need for education, the need to make compliance a normal practice, and making security a shared responsibility.
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