December 2, 2020

Ithaka S+R Publishes New Issue Brief on Technology-Enhanced Education in Public Universities

Direct to Full Text Issue Brief: Technology To The Rescue: Can Technology-Enhanced Education Help Public Flagship Universities Meet Their Challenges? (9 pages; PDF).

Here’s a new Issue Brief written by Ithaka S+R Managing Director, Deanna Marcum.

The brief offers a look at a portion of the research Ithaka just completed for the Lumina Foundation focusing on “how budget declines and changes in students’ consumption of courses and credits have motivated these universities to explore technology-enhanced education as a possible response, along with the challenges this approach presents.”

The Lumina Foundation will release the full report.

From the Introduction:

Over the last five months, Ithaka S+R has been engaged in a study of ten public flagship universities to understand their perspectives on technology-enhanced education and to learn more about their needs in this period of great change. We talked to 214 individuals, ranging from presidents and provosts to key administrative officers and staff, to department chairs and faculty.

Overall, we encountered a lot of excitement about technology-enhanced education and some highly innovative practices, tempered by real limitations. Administrators have pinned their hopes on technology as one solution to tightening budgets, but we saw few examples of coherent, university-wide planning to use it to “bend the cost curve.”

Faculty, meanwhile, endorse the idea of technology-enhanced education, and many have developed sophisticated courses, but there is also palpable trepidation about the prospect of losing instructional autonomy. In our report to the funder, Lumina Foundation, we described the promises of technology-enhanced education, as well as the challenges public universities meet in realizing that promise.

Direct to Full Text Issue Brief: Technology To The Rescue: Can Technology-Enhanced Education Help Public Flagship Universities Meet Their Challenges? (9 pages; PDF)

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