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Presentation on making academic computing a strategic differentiator - given at the 2009 Tennessee IT Symposium.

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  • 1. Making Academic Computing A Strategic Differentiator Tennessee IT Symposium April 21, 2009 p , 9 Thomas Danford Chief Information Officer Tennessee Board of Regents
  • 2. Students – Continue to Evolve! • “Net.Generation” – Current population of students • “Digital Natives” – Start college in 2014 • Highly Connected – Lifelong use of communications & media technologies • K-12 Exposure – Second-hand interactive learning techniques … heavy stimuli • DIY Learners - EDUPUNKS EDUPUNK – Term coined by Jim Groom, Instructional Technology y , gy Specialist at the University of Mary Washington.
  • 3. Devices – Continue to Evolve! • PCs & Laptops • Netbooks • Cell Phones • Entertainment (Game) Stations • Media Players • TV & Cable • What’s Next?
  • 4. Internet Content – Continues to Evolve! • Social Sites • News/Info Sites • Research Sites • Learning Sites • Employment Sites py • Application Sites • Content Sharing Sites • Portfolio Sites • …
  • 5. Academic Computing … Not So Much? p g • Laptop & PC end user support • Training for “generic” IT generic • Multimedia & classroom support • LMS/CMS (campus resource) support & training • Remote access to resources • Limited courseware integration • Server administration (E-mail, LMS/CMS, etc.) • Reactive … maintainers of systems & programs
  • 6. A Digital, Networked World – Changes the Game for Academic Computing • Expectations of Digital Natives? • Expectation of Employers and Employees in a Digital Global Economy? • Digital Information Doubles E D bl Every 11 H Hours? ?
  • 7. Wait a Minute … Digital content will double every 11 hours by 2010? • The “Toxic Terabyte Problem Toxic Terabyte” “data is accumulating at an increasing rate in servers, desktops, laptops, phones, RFID sensors, cameras and other devices devices” • Digital Content Management (CM) “Create, Update, Publish, Translate, Archive, Retrieve” Institutions will have to look beyond the campus for y pf relevant, up-to-date content, apps, and services
  • 8. Expectation of Employers and Employees • Changing “loyalty relationship” between employer and employee py • Employees are embracing a “free agent” mindset • Internet creates new category of job seeker called “actively passive” “acti el passi e” • Emergent, relationship-based model of candidate sourcing for Employees. g py Institutions will have to embrace and integrate cloud resources and collaborations to attract & retain high quality faculty and staff …
  • 9. Expectations of Digital Natives “Today’s students are no longer the people our educational system was designed t teach” Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants By Marc Prensky d ig d to t h” • Receiving information really fast “Twitch Speed” • The ability to parallel process and multi-task multi task • Graphics over text • Prefer random access (e.g. hypertext like Wikis). • Networked, multiple sources kd li l • Instant gratification and frequent rewards • Games over “serious” work. serious work Institutions will have to compete in the Internet cloud to attract & retain hi h quality students … i high li d
  • 10. Challenges Faced by Faculty g y y • Time Constraints … ▫ Research and staying current in their field ▫ Publication ▫ Community service • Dealing with Digital Natives ▫ Yesterday’s tactics for today’s wars y y ▫ Integrating “Legacy” and “Future” content ▫ Overcoming years of history and tradition
  • 11. How Can Academic Computing “Ramp UP UP” in Order to Help? • Understand and contribute to the “business” we’re in … education and student enrichment • Concentrate on that which “adds value” • “Leverage” cloud resources … build only as a last resort • D l & collaborate on “f Develop ll b t “force multipliers” … lti li ” specialization vs. generalization • “Re-tool” for APIs & SDKs for “Mashups” in a Web 2.0 world ld • Understand how Digital Natives learn • Research & evaluate new cloud and other digital resources for their application in education
  • 12. 5 Principles Going Forward? p g • We’re in the “education” business not the e-mail, Linux administration or other “task” business. • We should promote and leverage resources in the cloud over buying and building whenever possible. • We need to position ourselves and our “profession” p p as “consultants” to the faculty. • We should move our focus toward a model of content management, courseware development and g , p integration in a Web 2.0 world. • Our mission is to overcome rationalization and lack of imagination as to “can’t work” to one of “will g work.”
  • 13. Mobil Learning and iTunes U Thinking “Outside the Box/Classroom”
  • 14. Open Source? p • Software – (Linux, Open Office, etc.) … of Course But what about … • Open Courseware? • Open Textbooks?
  • 15. Collaboration – Through Bookmarks?
  • 16. Collaboration – Through Presentations?
  • 17. I would welcome your comments and suggestions as to how I may improve this presentation. Please send your ideas to Thomas.Danford@gmail.com tdanford@tbr.edu Thomas Danford@gmail com or tdanford@tbr edu Presentation available at: http://www.slideshare.net/tsdanford