Part 3 of A Six-Part Series: Transforming Higher Education in the US
This six-part series will focus on transformation of the traditional higher education system in the United States. The Need for Change and Shared Challenges were the focus of the previous chapters in this series.
From Cisco’s experience with higher education institutions in the U.S., those that are implementing change well are laser-focused on three critical areas: the ability to address questions of culture, to modernize teaching and learning, and to scale and propagate change across multiple, often divided, siloes within their institutions. Also, these institutions are using technology to manage each area more effectively.
Technology plays a critical role within each of these sectors, and if used wisely and artfully, can help to accelerate innovation and change. The rate and speed at which institutions need to change will never happen without technologies such as a solid core infrastructure, wired and wireless networks that enable ubiquitous connectivity, collaboration tools that provide seamless and robust communications, and new social collaboration platforms that support and extend the interaction of multiple communities, and ultimately, create a federated higher education society.
I was delighted to attend in the last few weeks two extremely interesting conferences, both of them hosted in Dubai, my home city. The first was the Iraq Education and Technology Summit, which ran from 23-24 February at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.
This conference brought together a very interesting group of senior people from the Iraqi Government, NGOs and the private sector. Among the speakers was H.E. Ali Al-Adeeb, Iraq’s Minister of Higher Education & Scientific Research (MoHESR) and Mr Ali Musa’ad Al-Ibrahimi, Iraq’s Deputy Minister of Education.
The background of the summit was the fact that Iraq’s Parliament is in the process of passing a new Infrastructure Law, which will become a key component of Iraqi Government strategy. The summit aimed therefore to establish and strengthen relationships between the Iraq Government and leading international organisations which can help accelerate Iraq’s development in technology, training and management skills.
Apprenticeship programs can be an effective way to employ new IT talent as well as train and develop current IT staff with relevant skills for business success. For most companies, improving business processes at all levels, from manufacturing to sales, is contingent on efficient implementation of technology. Possessing an innovative, well-trained IT staff can become a source of competitive advantage.
Check out this short video about how apprenticeship programs can help develop the necessary IT talent required by companies today and into the future.
After a very successful Going Global summit, the dust from the dunes of the Dubai dessert has finally settled. About 1,200 education, industry and government leaders from all over the world joined the sessions at the Dubai’s World Trade Center to reflect on the internationalization of higher education and its impact on the development of 21st century nations. As highlighted in Michael Stevenson’s blog, Cisco had a significant presence as a Gold Sponsor of the summit.
Cisco’s Virtual Forum for Education Leaders is this Tuesday 3/19. It will be an exciting virtual Forum with information about important trends that are happening for both K-12 and Higher Ed. Of particular interest for both Academic and IT leaders is how technology is supporting and increasing learning outcomes.
Great applications like on-line learning, flipped classrooms, BYOD, and lecture capture are all being implemented by our schools and universities and delivering great success. They are helping us execute pedagogical changes that provide for individualized learning, classroom collaboration and helping us reach new markets in Higher Ed. These new technologies are even positively impacting the business and administrative areas at our schools and universities.