campus IT

CIOs: OER will storm campuses in next 5 years, “high cloud” just isn’t happening

Annual Campus Computing Project survey details the challenges, successes of campus IT for 2017 and beyond.

Eighty-two percent of institutions say open educational resources (OER) will be an important source of course content in 5 years, according to a survey of CIOs detailed in an annual report that takes a look at campus IT. [Read last year’s Campus Computing results here “CIOS: 5 campus IT priorities for 2016 and beyond.“] The results of the report were released during the recent EDUCAUSE 2017 conference held in Philadelphia, Pa.

This year saw small gains in formal institutions support for using OER in course materials, but faculty concerns remain about the quality of OER and updates surrounding the materials, according to the annual Campus Computing Project.

Video is increasingly important for hybrid, flipped and online classes, and the growing use of video lecture capture has surpassed audio in institutions. Overall, universities have much more capacity for video, according to the report.

And while artificial intelligence has drummed up lots of buzz in education, early data in the report suggest that more initial interest lies in the technology’s use in analytics, and less in instruction.

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Laura Ascione

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