Helping Professors Use Technology Is Top Concern in Computing Survey (Chronicle)

By Hannah Winston

As professors step out from behind lecterns to stand beside laptops or in front of cameras—or both—the top concern for campus information-technology departments across the country is how they can help faculty members move smoothly into the digital age of learning.

That’s one finding of the Campus Computing Project’s annual survey of senior technology administrators, released on Thursday. The survey found that as technology continues to grow on campuses—through both online classes and the increasing ubiquity of mobile devices—the ability of faculty members to use and integrate technology is a big concern. Another worry is the effectiveness of information-technology spending.

This year’s survey data are based on answers from chief information officers and other senior IT officials at 451 two- and four-year, public and private colleges across the United States.

The percentage of colleges with active apps has doubled in the last two years—42 to 80 percent—(but I wonder how often they are used by faculty and students).

It was interesting to see that the lowest percentage ranking was for the educational use of social media; I would like to know if that number has continually dropped in the last few years.

About Ryan C. Fowler

Ryan is a curricular fellow at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington D.C. He also teaches at Franklin and Marshall College and Lancaster Theological Seminary.
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