The Art of Knowledge
#99 Transcends the Ice
Here is an article called "Following the Puck". It opens with the Great on talking about why he was so successful.
- Legend has it that when Wayne Gretsky was asked why he was so successful as a hockey player he responded by saying that he always tried to skate to where the puck was going to be, not to where it was.
The article goes on to say:
- As in the past years, survey respondents across all sectors of higher education continue to identify "assisting faculty integrate technology into instruction" as the single most important IT issue confronting their campuses "over the next two or three years." However, the numbers have dropped dramatically since 1998, falling by half across almost all sectors.These declines reflect not so much a declining importance of instructional integration as the rising priority of other issues; financing, ERP upgrade/ replacement, and wireless, that now compete for the time and attention of the survey respondents, typically CIOs, and also compete for increasingly restricted institutional resources (people and money).
The article finisheses up with:
- Taken together, these data and other information from the 2003 Campus Computing Survey reflect the movements of a digital puck that is going, concurrently, in many directions: a continuing campus concern for instruction and the instructional infrastructure, a new focus on administrative systems, and real, long-term pressures on technology budgets and resources.
Unfortunately, the inherent (and now continuing) tension between rising expectations for IT-enhanced instructional resources and administrative services and reduced funding for IT budgets ultimately affects students who come to campus to learn about and also to learn with technology. The recession manta, again heard on many college campuses do more with less, and do it better makes for an interesting sound bite but fails to provide a clear path or a strategic plan for IT resources, services, and operations.
Link posted by JVMM : 5:18 PM