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Visions and Prioritization

We recently started an engagement with a consulting group to help us develop some project management processes.  As we’ve been working through all this, one of the consultants asked me what my vision for IT my current institution is.  I’ve had a few other people asked me similar questions, and I thought it might be interesting to share my thoughts here (plus later I can just give folks this URL).

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On Learning Platforms, Legos, Reclaiming Domains, and Scaling Down

There’s a great piece out from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) entitled “The Next Generation Digital Learning Environment: A Report on Research” that, if you haven’t yet, is worth a read (and it’s thankfully not embargoed like so many EDUCAUSE publications).  The piece articulates some things we’ve been grappling with here with regards to the LMS.  

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Working with Constraints

I’ve been thinking a lot about constraints lately.   Money, resources, time.  We never really have all we want of any of them.  If your institution is like mine, we are learning to live in a new reality of shrinking enrollment and compressed revenue.  We have awesome faculty and staff who want to do great things, but they need support and time to focus on something other than the mundane.

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Innovating Around the Candle

“Spending all day innovating around the candle does not get us to the light bulb.” I stumbled on this quote from Daniel Rasmus’ 2010 Gilbane Conference Opening Keynote a few months ago, and it has resonated with me since.  It’s something that fits well in a tweet and still manages to say something.  It encompasses all the messiness of innovation in 15 words.

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Summer 2015 Projects

As the spring semester winds down, the IT&S staff members are turning our attention to our summer projects.  There will be more details coming on many of these projects, but I thought it might be good to get the basic list out in one place.

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