Making Academic Computing A
Tennessee IT Symposium
April 21, 2009
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Chief Information Officer
Tennessee Board of Regents
Students – Continue to Evolve!
• “Net.Generation” – Current
population of students
• “Digital Natives” – Start college
• Highly Connected – Lifelong
use of communications &
• K-12 Exposure – Second-hand
interactive learning techniques
… heavy stimuli
• DIY Learners - EDUPUNKS EDUPUNK – Term coined by Jim Groom, Instructional Technology
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Specialist at the University of Mary Washington.
Devices – Continue to Evolve!
• PCs & Laptops
• Cell Phones
• Media Players
• TV & Cable
• What’s Next?
Internet Content – Continues to Evolve!
• Social Sites
• News/Info Sites
• Research Sites
• Learning Sites
• Employment Sites
• Application Sites
• Content Sharing Sites
• Portfolio Sites
Academic Computing … Not So Much?
• Laptop & PC end user support
• Training for “generic” IT
• 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
A Digital, Networked World – Changes
the Game for Academic Computing
• Expectations of Digital
• Expectation of Employers
and Employees in a Digital
• Digital Information
D bl Every 11 H Hours? ?
Wait a Minute … Digital content will
double every 11 hours by 2010?
• The “Toxic Terabyte Problem
“data is accumulating at an increasing rate in servers,
desktops, laptops, phones, RFID sensors, cameras and other
• Digital Content Management (CM)
“Create, Update, Publish, Translate, Archive, Retrieve”
Institutions will have to look beyond the campus for
relevant, up-to-date content, apps, and services
Expectation of Employers and
• Changing “loyalty relationship” between employer
• Employees are embracing a “free agent” mindset
• Internet creates new category of job seeker called
“acti el passi e”
• Emergent, relationship-based model of candidate
sourcing for Employees.
Institutions will have to embrace and integrate cloud
resources and collaborations to attract & retain high
quality faculty and staff …
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
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• Receiving information really fast “Twitch Speed”
• The ability to parallel process and multi-task
• Graphics over text
• Prefer random access (e.g. hypertext like Wikis).
• Networked, multiple sources
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• Instant gratification and frequent rewards
• Games over “serious” work.
Institutions will have to compete in the Internet cloud
to attract & retain hi h quality students …
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Challenges Faced by Faculty
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• Time Constraints …
▫ Research and staying current in their field
▫ Community service
• Dealing with Digital Natives
▫ Yesterday’s tactics for today’s wars
▫ Integrating “Legacy” and “Future” content
▫ Overcoming years of history and tradition
How Can Academic Computing “Ramp
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
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Develop ll b t “force multipliers” …
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specialization vs. generalization
• “Re-tool” for APIs & SDKs for “Mashups” in a Web
• Understand how Digital Natives learn
• Research & evaluate new cloud and other digital
resources for their application in education
5 Principles Going Forward?
• 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”
as “consultants” to the faculty.
• We should move our focus toward a model of
content management, courseware development and
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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
Mobil Learning and iTunes U
Thinking “Outside the Box/Classroom”
• Software – (Linux, Open Office, etc.) … of Course
But what about …
• Open Courseware?
• Open Textbooks?
I would welcome your comments and suggestions as to how I
may improve this presentation. Please send your ideas to
Thomas Danford@gmail com or tdanford@tbr edu
Presentation available at: http://www.slideshare.net/tsdanford