We talk with a lot of higher education leaders, a lot of the time. Whether public or private, large or small, research-oriented or not, they consistently share how difficult it is to effect change within their institutions. And yet, they know they must change to keep up with the demand from students and now from faculty members, for new ways to deliver learning. Given pressing budget challenges, they are under even great pressure to do more with less.
When discussing technology changes necessary to stay ahead of the curve, our IT leaders express frustration that their academic counterparts don’t understand technology. Our academic leaders focus on their own frustrations that IT doesn’t understand their problems, or namely, the requirements to deliver effective teaching and learning.