Higher Ed IT Teams and Faculty Aren’t So Different After All
If you ask people what the differences between college IT teams and college faculty are, the answer would be that faculty isn’t as eager about further tech development.
However, according to many surveys conducted over the past years, more than 77% of staff at higher education institutions think that the technological revolution is of immense importance for intuitive learning methods/movements.
Above 65% of faculty think the same, too. The platforms that allow professors and learners to have better communication and reliable e-book sharing seem to be the favorites among instructors.
How well a specific tech innovation can be applied at a college depends on its simplicity and support from the institution.
When it comes to the tech revolution modifying education at colleges in the 21st century, IT professionals love one particular innovation: cloud computing. There are many advantages related to these platforms, including easier grade recording, file sharing, and giving learners online classroom access.
Although migration is an issue for cloud platforms, creating a good plan will eliminate all the flaws and allow IT professionals, staff, faculty and learners to enjoy its full potential.
One of the biggest trends of the past couple of years has been IT personnel at colleges/universities bringing their own devices to work. This trend results in greater flexibility and more efficiency, given that we all work much better when we don’t need to adapt to another device we are not familiar with. It has also had an impact on higher employee satisfaction in this field.
The BYOD concept does comes with a couple of challenges, though. For example, it forces IT teams to ensure security by rewriting policies and compliances present in the onboard devices. However, if that is the small cost of bringing your own device, we are sure that both higher ed IT teams and faculty would be willing to pay the price.
What does IT consolidation mean in the first place? It means that either the IT staff at a campus takes the form of a single team or that the tools, software and platforms used across different colleges/universities become unified.
By performing such unification, the cost will be reduced and it will also improve the communication between IT experts, leading to a more efficient working environment overall.
Higher education IT teams and faculty aren’t that different when accepting to further innovative management tools and cloud computing, and being eager about it.