Top 4 IT Concerns For Educators

If you are attending EDUCAUSE this year, you are likely to have some of the IT issues identified in the 2011 survey. EDUCAUSE surveyed CIOs of EDUCAUSE members to come up with the top 10 issues in edtech.

Here are the top four:

1. Funding.  Are you trying to fund leading edge solutions with ever-decreasing budgets? Finding solutions to reduce time consuming tasks like support costs and redirecting resources to other initiatives remains a priority.

2. Admin/ERP/Information Systems. Although these areas ranked as high on consuming CIOs time, they are predicted to decrease in importance.  CIOs are looking into SaaS solutions or mobile apps rather than desktop-heavy ERP systems.

3. Teaching and learning with technology.  Lecture capture, smart classrooms, collaboration tools and class-management tools are some examples.  They contribute not only to edtech goals, but are crucial to overall academic success.

4. Security.  Hackers continue to find ways to defeat the best defenses. Risks of traditional approaches include viruses that antivirus fails to recognize and malware that is hard to remove. There is also more personally identifiable information (PII) targeted by hackers. Information Security Officers depend on innovative ways to improve security and privacy efforts.

What are the issues that you are looking to address in your IT department this year?

Kelly Batke

Kelly is the self-confessed technology laggard who works in technology. The good news is she is slowly reaching late adopter status. Kelly enjoys learning and writing about the psychology behind technology—as in why do we buy what we buy, and how does that impact our environment?