CoSN Survey: Mobile Learning Top Priority for K–12 IT Leaders
By Richard Chang 04/04/17
Mobile learning is the top priority for K–12 IT leaders, according to the fifth annual K–12 IT Leadership Survey published by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN).
It’s the first time mobile learning ranked as the highest priority in the survey. The No. 2 priority is broadband and network capacity, which ranked first last year, and the No. 3 priority is cybersecurity and privacy, with 62 percent of respondents rating them more important than last year.
- Understaffing remains a key issue for technology departments in school systems.
- Single sign-on (SSO) is the most implemented interoperability initiative
- More than one-third of IT leaders expressed no interest in bring your own device (BYOD) initiatives, up from 20 percent in 2014.
- Interest in open educational resources (OER) is high
- Education technology experience is common among IT leaders
- Strong academic backgrounds are also prevalent among IT leaders.
- Lack of diversity continues to be an issue for school district technology leaders.
CoSN is a nonprofit association for school system technology leaders. To read or download the full IT leadership survey, visit this CoSN site.
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International Survey of Research University Faculty: Means of Scholarly Communications and Collaboration (ISBN No:978-157440-446-3 )
The survey data is based on a survey of more than 500 scholars drawn from more than 50 major research universities in the USA, Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland. Data is broken out by various criteria, such as type of university, scholar’s country, gender, political views, academic subject specialty, academic title and other criteria.
- 50.69% of respondents are currently collaborating or coordinating research with scholars or other researchers from other universities or colleges outside of their country.
- Web based meetings were most common in the Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, Chemistry and other Science and Technology fields, 33.70, and least common in the Literature and Languages fields, 2.92.
- 7.72% of respondents routinely use Adobe Connect to communicate with scholars at other locations.
- 87.52% of respondents have co-authored a journal article with one or more other authors. Co-authorship was most common in Australia/New Zealand, 96.77%, followed by Canada, 93.10%, and the UK/Ireland, 89.83%. It was least common in the USA, 85.07%.
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Bryan Alexander Interview – The Challenge of Advancing Digital Literacy in Higher Education
At the invitation of Adobe Education
, I attended the Educause Annual Conference
this year and did a quick series of interviews about the education work that Adobe is doing. A huge highlight for me was reconnecting with futurist Bryan Alexander
, whom I’d interviewed in 2012
as a part of my Future of Education
series, and whose work and voice I’ve continued to really appreciate.
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