I’m in the process of developing a roadmap for the future of educational technology at my institution so that we can plan for the next 3, 5 and 10 year periods. As you might expect this is reasonably challenging but it is also quite an enjoyable activity. I would expect the next ten years to be an exceptionally interesting time to be working in IT in higher education.
I’ve just been reading this post on ReadWriteWeb that suggests there is a deal in the offing that will see Yahoo search disappear to be replaced by Bing with Yahoo providing ads against the search results. Now I quite like Bing, I find it very quick, the results are good and I like the interface. It hasn’t dislodged Google for me mainly because Google search is embedded in all of my browsers. Ironic eh?
Thanks to @catspyjamasnz who gave me a link today to this useful report from the UK’s Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) on effective practice with e-Portfolios (this is a PDF document approx. 700MB). I haven’t finished reading yet but I find it interesting particularly in light of a session that I attended last week with academic staff from my institution who were sharing experiences of implementing e-Portfolios in their teaching and learning.
I have been reading Professor Martin Weller’s very interesting recent blog posts about academic reputation and online engagement. He raises interesting questions about the nature of scholarly activity, the factors that have traditionally lead to recognition and promotion and whether or not these are changing in an increasingly socially networked world.
This is an interesting presentation from Clive Shepherd that discusses the skills gap that individuals and institutions face. I have been mulling on many of these issues myself over the last couple of years in particular. Increasingly academic staff are facing a bewildering array of choices in the tools that they can use for course delivery and student engagement. It certainly was a much simpler life 30 years ago. I hope to post more on this soon because I think it is fundamental to some of the issues that universities face in encouraging the uptake of educational technologies. Read more
I stumbled on this interesting blog post on the lack of reuse of OER. It reports the findings of a recent PhD thesis examining the extent of OER reuse within one particular collection. I won’t repeat the summary findings here as you see them summarised on the post itself and you can view the full thesis online here. The only thing to say here is that the level of reuse is much lower than might be expected. This has important implications for institutions commissioning large scale digital repositories where a primary motivator is increased reuse and sharing of OER. Of course there are other business reasons for implementing such systems.
Some thoughts on information technology leadership in universities.
During April, 2009 I carried out an informal bit of research to see what Australian universities were using as their principal, enterprise wide Learning Management System (LMS). This was simply based on visiting each university web site and attempting to find out which LMS was being used. This was easier in some cases than others. Some universities have branded their LMS and it was occasionally difficult to identify which LMS and/or which version they were using. Of course some web sites may be out of date.
The table below indicates, to the best of my knowledge, what LMS is being used where. I’m very happy to be corrected and I will update the table accordingly.