Educational Technology

October 18, 2011

What Private Sector IT Can Learn From Education IT

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

By David Gardner, Fast Company

David Dodd, CIO of Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio, discussed his commitment to 21st century learning and being user-centric–doing what is in the best interests of the students. He is concerned about what students will experience once they leave Xavier and believes that the real world should drive the student information technology experiences while at Xavier. His model for making decisions is (1) operational integrity, (2) strategic preparedness (how is change occurring), and (3) agility and adaptability (constantly reassessing and realigning). One of the key areas where Dodd’s team adds value is in strategic information resources–creating a culture of evidence. As David expressed, “There’s nothing quite like having fact-based discussion.” His team does this through analytics, business intelligence, dashboards, and key performance indicators. In terms of the moving applications and data to the cloud, he believes this is financially-driven and he is thinking about it carefully before leaping into it.

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