EDUCAUSE Review Magazine, Volume 44, Number 3, May/June 2009

Why IT Matters to
Higher Education



Bryan Alexander
Deciding which technologies to support for teaching and learning—and how to support them—depends on our ability to learn about each emerging development, on our ability to apprehend the future as it applies to the world of higher education and information technology.
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Bryan Alexander

In early 2008, the National Institution for Technology and Liberal Education (NITLE) organized a prediction market to explore gaming, emerging technologies, and the implications for learning and higher education.


Julie K. Little and Carie Page, with Kristen Betts, Stephanie Boone, Patrick Faverty, Tanya Joosten, Elizabeth A. Kiggins, Jessica Knott, Erin Long, Alana J. Mauger, Jeffrey McClurken, Maureen McCreadie, Nils Peterson, and Celeste M. Schwartz
The focus of the EDUCAUSE Challenges project is on collaborative knowledge-building: on engaging members of the higher education community not only to list the top teaching and learning issues but also to put the power of collective intelligence into action to address those challenges.
Veronica Diaz, P. B. Garrett, Edward R. Kinley, John F. Moore, Celeste Schwartz, and Pat Kohrman
In the 21st century, colleges and universities need to consider faculty development programs in the same way that they view academic programs for their Net Gen and Millennial students. Reaching out to and leveraging the talents of 21st century faculty members will require a varied menu of established and innovative support options.
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Three members of the EDUCAUSE Advisory Committee for Teaching and Learning (ACTL) discuss technology use by and IT support of 21st century faculty members, as well as other considerations for today's faculty development models.

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Nancy L. Zimpher
Geoffrey C. Bowker and Susan Leigh Star
Sandy Schaeffer, Michael Fry, Barbara Draude, Gail Matthews-DeNatale
New Horizons
Thomas Burkdall
Anna Gould
EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Advisory Board
Richard N. Katz