Recently, IT research firm Gartner held an online talk to share its predictions for disruptive trends that are worth taking into account as IT leaders plan for the future. As Managing VP and Gartner Fellow Daryl Plummer explained, “These trends are going to change the way you think about a lot of things and do a lot of things.” However, the changes will also encompass constructive possibilities, which could turn into new opportunities for savvy CIOs.
Mobile Computing: Taking the iPad’s Measure
CAMPUS TECHNOLOGY September 2012 pg. 30-32.
“Soon after the iPad’s release in 2010, several universities decided to issue the devices to all incoming freshman. At the time, critics scoffed at the moves as little more than marketing gimmicks designed to attract students. In truth, few of the schools required instructors to design curriculum around the iPad or had specific plans to measure their impact on learning. They just wanted to put technology in the hands of instructors and students to see what happened. As more schools begin to experiment with tablets, though, the bleeding edge is giving way to more deliberate initiatives to help faculty take advantage of their strengths and measure how students are using them.”
6 Ingredients for the 21st Century Classroom
Campus Technology, January 11, 2012
“Just stuffing classrooms with gadgets isn’t going to result in real 21st century learning spaces. Today’s institutions must design classrooms that fully support technology and foster a collaborative learning environment. Here are six ways you can transform your classrooms into next-generation learning spaces.”
E-Textbooks: 4 Keys to Going All-Digital
John K. Waters
Campus Technology, August 3, 2011
“When Daytona State College, a 53-year-old former community college in Florida, now a state college offering a four year degree, set out to implement an all-electronic book program two years ago, its goal was to drive down the cost of textbooks by 80 percent. The school is well on its way to achieving that goal, and along the way it made some discoveries about what it takes to make a successful transition to e-texts.”
Caution: Dangerous Curves Ahead
John K. Waters
Campus Technology, September 1, 2011
“IT departments stand at a major crossroads, and the road they elect to follow will have a profound effect on their role on campus–even their very existence. That was the buzz among the 800 attendees at the 18th annual Campus Technology conference, held in July at Boston’s Seaport World Trade Center. The cloud and the new normal of eroded budgets have changed the landscape forever, and are forcing CIOs to rethink every facet of their operations. It was a message hammered home by the conference’s keynote speakers, and echoed again at more than 50 workshops and sessions. Here, CT takes a look at some of the major takeaways from this year’s event. “