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How do we change the culture of higher education to support and enable true transformation? #FutureEdTech

Guest Blog with Oracle

oracleIt’s certainly no secret that higher education globally is under going significant change. While it’s always difficult to have clear perspective when one is in the middle of a shift or period of dynamism, I believe this change is more profound than any we’ve seen in our lifetimes as higher education professionals, but I will also say that the change yet to come in the next 5-10 years is likely to be even more significant. Technology is underpinning a lot of these changes, but questions of culture, tradition, and historical precedent are being considered alongside discussions of the overall cost of education, the “return on investment,” student experience, and what truly defines “institutional excellence,” all questions that we hope to address at some stage during our upcoming participation in the Ovum Future EdTech conference in London.

All of us have been exposed to extremist predictions of massive reductions in the number of higher education institutions as a result of financial pressures and declining enrollment; the advent of MOOC’s (massive open online courses) and their purported ability to essentially replace the traditional model of delivering education content; the rapid ascent (and subsequent decline) of certain for-profit models of education; and in technology circles how everything “cloud” will allegedly solve all of our problems, financial as well as technical, and “solve world hunger” at the same time.

But lost in a lot of this hyperbole are a number of nuggets of positive change that have come from some of the forces I’ve just outlined. We’ve seen significant improvements in the delivery of education content through flipped classrooms and blended learning environments. MOOC’s haven’t replaced the traditional models of delivering education but they have had a positive influence on how students can be more effectively engaged and can learn at their own pace, while advances in technology have made on-line learning very interactive and engaging versus the passive models of the past.

In the “back office” of higher education, there has been significant pressure to drive operational efficiencies because of the draw-down over the past decade in public funding support for education, and as a result, albeit slowly, higher education has begun to adopt modern and more standard business processes in areas where bespoke process does not contribute significantly to the overall mission of teaching, learning and research. Furthermore because of the increased expectations around the “return on investment” in education, since more and more of the cost is being shouldered by the student and parent, more focus and emphasis is being placed on the overall student experience.

oracle2Underpinning all of this is a statistic I’d like to cite that comes from a survey conducted in the US annually by Casey Green of the Campus Computing Project that points to executive leadership (Vice Chancellors, Presidents, Provosts, etc.) of most institutions being significantly less sanguine about the effectiveness of IT investments in advancing the overall mission of the institutions versus their IT staff. In some cases this gap is as large as 20% in terms of those that rate these investments as “very effective” versus those that do not. This either speaks to unrealistic expectations, a failure to effectively communicate, or some other issue that perhaps we can explore during the upcoming Ovum Future EdTech conference.

One topic that I hope to address when I speak to the conference attendees during our session “Cloud Forecast: For Once A Very Promising Outlook” surrounds the larger general conversation in the higher education (and indeed across the entire education) sector that is quite prevalent: the general recognition that higher education is in need of significant change (transformation) – such as how education is delivered, how classrooms are organised, how information technology is leveraged, delivered, consumed, etc.  but it always comes back to how do we change the culture of higher education to support or enable true transformation – new ways of thinking, new business models and revenue sources, non-traditional programmes, competency based education models, mostly on-line programmes, etc.  – I hope to offer some ideas on the aforementioned points, and of course discuss how this cultural change is needed in order to extract maximum value from technology investments in the coming years.

For more information, please visit:
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Oracle Higher Education Cloud – Modern Campus. Modern Platform. 

The Author:
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Cole Clark
Global Vice President, Education and Research, Oracle

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Oracle is our Mission Critical Sponsor at Future EdTech, taking place on the 2nd – 3rd June 2015 at Millenium Gloucester Hotel in London – the first and only event in Europe enabling transformational change and innovation in higher education via technology.

Join Cole Clark, Global Vice President, Education & Research at Oracle, for his session Cloud Forecast: For Once A Very Promising Outlook at 9:40am, Wednesday, 3rd June. Please also visit the exhibition stand to find out more.

REGISTER FOR YOUR FREE PASS HERE.

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Cloud solutions for the modern campus #futureedtech

Seize the initiative – transform your campus

Supporting new business models, recruiting top talent, architecting more efficient business processes, and delivering personalised student experiences are top-of-mind-issues for campus leaders everywhere. And with competition heating up, colleges and universities are under tremendous pressure to transform their campuses to meet the demands of modern students, faculty, and staff.

To address these challenges, campus leaders are looking to innovate with cloud technologies that help them modernise their systems and processes and transform to a Modern Campus.

The Oracle Higher Education Cloud for the Modern Campus

Provides a solution, enabling institutions to:whitepaper

  • Target Omni-channel outreach and engagement to personalise every student’s journey
  • Find, recruit, develop, and retain top faculty and staff
  • Simplify processes, standardise systems, and prudently steward resources
  • Identify at-risk students and intervene in time to keep them on track
  • Promote a data-driven culture
  • Increase transparency and improve traceability

DOWNLOAD THE WHITE PAPER HERE.

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About Oracle

Oracle are proud to be the Mission Critical Sponsor of the Future Edtech Conference and Exhibition taking place at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in London, 2 – 3 June 2015 – the first and only event in Europe enabling transformational change and innovation in higher education via technology.

Join Cole Clark, Global Vice President, Education & Research at Oracle, for his session Cloud Forecast: For Once A Very Promising Outlook at 9:40am, Wednesday, 3rd June. Please also visit the exhibition stand to find out more.

REGISTER FOR YOUR FREE PASS HERE.

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Get the latest Business Process Management insight from Oracle and Ovum

Oracle, Platinum Sponsors at Ovum’s 5th Annual Business Process Management Forum, have shared some insight with us, and by extension, you, on the topic. This is right up-to-the-minute, insightful stuff, so download the whitepapers and register for the webinars today. There is more information here, and below.

The Business Process Management Forum is a must-attend event for professionals engaged in BPM, for the following reasons:

  • Learn all about how BPM helps organizations become more agile and effective by enabling them to better understand, manage and adapt their business processes
  • BPM is Ovum’s longest standing event and is now in its 5th Year
  • With 25+ speakers in one 2 streamed information-packed day, be inspired by the thought leaders in BPM including GKN, Barclays Bank, Centrica, Co-Operative Bank, TNT, Balfour Beatty, Great Ormond Street Hospital
  • Access in-depth business intelligence from Ovum’s expert analysts. 2 of our most senior and specialised BPM analysts will present and host discussions, and you can also book a session with them in the analyst clinic
    • Maxine Holt, Practice Leader, Software – IT, Ovum
    • Gary Barnett, Principal Analyst Ovum
  • Network amongst peers and industry visionaries. We will help you arrange unlimited pre-scheduled one-to-one business meetings either via our speed networking sessions or our networking app, maximizing your chance of doing real business at the event
  • All of the above is free to IT decision-makers
  • Meet leading suppliers and source practical “how to” advice in our exhibition

The Oracle BPM resources are as follows:

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Whitepaper: Transforming Customer Experience: The Convergence of Social, Mobile and Business Process Management

Business processes are at the heart of what makes or breaks a business, as well as what differentiates it from the competition. As organisations strive for greater efficiency and effectiveness, they create or adapt technology to fill their needs. BPM, Social, and Mobile technologies are helping to drive a fundamental business transformation.

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Whitepaper: The New Business Imperatives: Social, Mobile and Cloud

In order for organisations to use a mix of private and public cloud services, an effective integration is needed for a secure hybrid cloud environment This white paper will explain how a unified strategy that will enable you to deliver both on-premise and cloud-based services through a single cohesive platform

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Webcast – New Directions with Business-Driven BPM

This webcast highlights the new functionality of Oracle BPM Suite: making processes more consistent, eliminating brittle customisations, enhancing the visibility of business transactions across applications, extending applications to social and mobile capabilities, and improving user experience by streamlining navigations.

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Webcast: Extend Your Applications with Oracle Business Process Management

Watch this webcast and demo to learn how Oracle BPM Suite helps you unlock your applications that are stuck in silos, better manage end-to-end processes that span multiple applications in multiple departments, and work more collaboratively.

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