Institutions are increasingly being asked to demonstrate the value of IT investments. An institutional IT self-assessment frequently provides justification for existing or proposed projects and establishes new directions. An assessment could focus on a single initiative or on a broad program of change. Assessment data can uncover the value and effectiveness (or the lack of either) in IT initiatives, and effective IT assessments can provide evidence not just about what works and what doesn’t but also about the conditions in which particular tools or services are more effective.
The 7 Things You Should Know About... series from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) provides concise information on emerging learning technologies. Each brief focuses on a single technology and describes what it is, where it is going, and why it matters to teaching and learning. Use these briefs for a no-jargon, quick overview of a topic and share them with time-pressed colleagues.
In addition to the 7 Things briefs, you may find other ELI resources useful in addressing teaching, learning, and technology issues at your institution. To learn more, please visit the ELI Resources page.