Educational Technology

September 29, 2016

The CIO as educator: Experience brings trust, curricular advantages

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:35 am

By Roger Riddell, Education Dive

The path to the higher ed CIO’s office can vary quite a bit from the position’s corporate counterpart. While a fair share of college and university tech leaders have come from traditional IT backgrounds, many have also worked their way up through the faculty ranks. And given higher ed’s mission, doing so brings significant benefits both to their decisions as CIOs and their continuing work in the classroom. “I think if you have stood in front of a room of expectant students, struggling to get the technology to work as the minutes tick away — and as you think about all the material you want to cover and the experiences you want the students to have — that really changes your perspective when you think about classroom technology,” said Dr. Michael Berman, vice president for technology and communication and CIO at Cal State University Channel Islands. “The imperatives of simplicity and reliability start to take precedence over anything else.”

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