The Campus Computing Project.
Several weeks ago, it was my sincere pleasure to attend aÂ dinner hostedÂ Casey Green, the man behindÂ the Campus Computing Project. For those who may not be familiar with this 20+ year old effort, it is an exemplary data collection, analysis, and reporting project focused on the use of IT in Higher Ed.
Learning about this work has been inspiring … it's a great example of what can come from a consistent, well thought out effort, over time.Â The Campus Computing Project has generated a wealth of data, over a very long term, providing a treasure trove of insights. If you want to know how your institution compares to like institutions in terms of budget practices, major challenges, constituent perceptions, and more, this is the place you can turn to learn about it.
BelowÂ is a scattering ofÂ insights offered fromÂ the 2010 survey results, as discussedÂ in this Educause videoÂ in whichÂ Green provides an overview of the reportÂ at an Educause conference (captured and delivered here usingÂ Sonic Foundry's MediaSite application, providingÂ a viewing experience I enjoyed – watch it full screen). Some of these are eye-openers, while others simplyÂ confirm things you may have already been thinking. In either case, I believe this sampling of observationsÂ give a good sense ofÂ the breadth of information covered in this robust data.
- Most important IT issues in Higher Ed on 2010: The top-most slot was aÂ tie between â€œHiring/retaining qualified staffâ€ and â€œFinancing aging hardware/softwareâ€.
- There is a lot of ‘churn' in the structuring of IT units in academia, with nearly 60% having restrucuted in the last 2 years, or intendingd toÂ in the next 2 years.
- 100% of the respondents reported that they are using a third party provider to provide Emergency Notification Services.
- Higher Education institutions are developing slowly in terms of Disaster Recovery planning.
- Moodle, Sakai, and DL2 are all gaining market share as customer migrate away from some older Blackboard versions, as their Blackboard contracts reach end of life.
- Another thing that was mentioned that I was particularly surprised by was that it was reportedÂ in a corresponding survey that theÂ CIO is the operatingÂ officerÂ for Online Education in manyÂ schools!
Note: To learn more about the make up of survey respondents, just watch the first 5 minutes or so of the video.
I look forward to immersing myself in the Executive Summaries available from the Campus Computing Project, and to making this wonderful resource a part of my ed tech information resource kit.Â
In his closing Keynote at last month's Campus Technology 2011 conference,Â â€œThe Fourth Decade of the ‘IT Revolution:' Continuing Challenges and Opportunitiesâ€, Green emphasized the need to â€œbring data to the conversationâ€.Â The Campus Computing project has surelyÂ bought data to the conversation in a big, big way. Thank you Casey Green!
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