Educational Technology

May 28, 2012

Ways Technology Can Reduce Higher Ed Costs

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:40 am

by Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

Senior campus technology leaders should be held accountable for developing and delivering on plans to:

  • Increase Quality
  • Increase Access
  • Reduce Costs

Every project that technology touches (which now means most things we do in higher ed) should be looked at through the lenses of quality, access and costs. It is no longer adequate to address one or two legs of this three legged stool. The role that technology plays to increase quality and access is perhaps more apparent than the ability of technology to reduce costs. We are comfortable thinking about ROI invested in supporting and running our learning platforms. And to the extent that educational professional headcount (such as learning designers) falls under the computing budget we can draw a straight line between investments and results. The growth of open educational resources and open online courses are clear examples of the role that technology can play in improving access.

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