Higher Education at the Crossroads

Leveraging Educational Platforms for Institutional Transformation

While no one vendor can deliver on everything a campus needs, Wainhouse Research believes that campus technology vendors can be differentiated in three key ways: how they take an integrated approach, how they partner with institutions, and how they bring other technology and program partners to the table to create seamless solutions.

This paper explains how the relatively new concept of an integrated Digital Educational Platform can help institutions of higher education address the challenges of fulfilling their missions.  Wainhouse Research interviewed a set of leading educational technologists within higher education on the concept of the Digital Educational Platform.  The paper describes campus technology requirements, the mix of digital learning and digital campus technologies at play, and how digital transformation and technologies can contribute to an entirely new way to think about campus technology.  Where technologies traditionally have been siloed, the opportunity exists today to tie together key layers for better results and cost efficiencies:

  • A core network infrastructure
  • A services, management, and analytics layer
  • Campus technologies such as SIS, high-speed computing, marketing and campus communications, physical campus security systems, intelligent facilities, and location-based services
  • Learning technologies such as the LMS, virtual classrooms, video conferencing, content management, and persistent workspaces

The idea of the Digital Education Platform is that it can help an institution address blind spots created by siloed information systems, while embedding the sensors and touchpoints within the network and the individual technologies for greater efficiencies.  Sponsored by Cisco, Higher Education at the Crossroads speaks to educators, administrators, and Information Technology decision makers interested in learning how the Digital Education Platform can support strategic initiatives and institutional transformation while driving efficiencies and greater adoption.  Included in this paper are the results of interviews with IT thought leaders at Southern Illinois University, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Utah State University, and Wake Forest University.

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18 Apr 2017
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