Innovating in Higher Ed Means Always Evaluating Processes
Colleges and universities are taking the basics of higher ed IT — cybersecurity, data management and student success, for instance — and building on them using emerging technologies. In our roundtable discussion among higher education IT leaders, each of the panelists talked about new and emerging trends in higher ed IT, but they also spoke about the importance of evaluating their current environments to determine what is working and what improvements can be made.
Sometimes, this reflection leads to an overhaul of the status quo. In the cybersecurity realm, institutions like the University of Kentucky find that endpoint detection and response solutions provide further protection for sensitive data. In collegiate esports, Sergio Brack, director of esports at the University of Maryland, explains how the old way of operating doesn’t cut it anymore when it comes to diversity and accessibility in the field.
Schools such as the University of Arizona are building on the conventional library model by updating these spaces with the technology that today’s students need. And community colleges like the College of Lake County are updating traditional manufacturing education for the 21st century and embracing the principles of Industry 4.0.
Technology investments in higher education are vital to keeping ahead of trends in teaching and learning, cybersecurity, data management and more, but stepping back and looking holistically at the IT environment can provide a clearer view into where time, money and innovation can be best applied.
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