I’m at a session right now about Top Learning Challenges at Educause. Someone just read off this quotation which I have seen before.
Yet despite the tremendous investment that all institutions of higher education have made in information technology, despite the number of classrooms wired and the number of laptops mandated, the vast majority of classes proceed as they have for generations—isolated, even insulated, from the powerful technologies we use in the rest of our lives. Moreover, the form in which scholarship appears has barely changed. Across almost every field, researchers, no matter how sophisticated the technology they use in discovery, translate their discoveries into simple word-processed documents.
I wanted to capture this here, because I think it does a good job of describing one of the main challenges of my job and my department at Wheaton. We need to help faculty and others at Wheaton explore this technology we’ve been investing in and the digital world that we are now all embedded in — so that we can discover or tap it’s potential for transforming teaching, learning and research.