Survey highlights need for faculty IT help
Last month the Chronicle reported on Campus Computing Project’s annual survey of senior technology administrators. Nearly eighty percent of the respondents said their major concern for the next 2-3 years is helping faculty members acclimate to new classroom technologies.
In general, concerns focused on services like user support rather than on technologies like cloud computing. Those surveyed were not keen on MOOCs; only 29 percent thought they could provide a reliable revenue stream.
Mobile devices were a major item. More than 80 percent said planning for tablets and smartphones would be important for IT departments, while laptops were less of a concern. And there has been a big jump in the number of colleges with mobile applications; the number has more than tripled in three years.