The term “digital transformation” itself may be debated among higher-ed leaders, but there’s no refusing that changes in culture, workforce, and technology are critical in ushering forth new teaching, learning, and operational models at institutions across the globe–no matter what the concept is called.
During a session from the most recent EDUCAUSE conference, higher-ed leaders sought to pull back the curtain on some of the more abstract aspects of digital transformation and illuminate how their own institutions are evolving.
EDUCAUSE has long been behind efforts to help institutions determine if they are ready for digital transformation. The organization defines digital transformation in the following manner: “In the context of sweeping social, economic, technological, and demographic changes, digital transformation (Dx) is a series of deep and coordinated culture, workforce, and technology shifts that enable new educational and operating models and transform an institution’s operations, strategic directions, and value proposition.”
“In 2017, EDUCAUSE convened an expert panel on next-generation digital environments,” said Dave Weil, CIO, Ithaca College. “We knew there was something happening in higher education, but we didn’t know exactly what it was. We thought it would be something we could touch.”
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