Understanding the Global Higher Education IT Landscape - How ECAR (EDUCAUSE) and ERAI (EUNIS) are Enhancing Decision-Making with IT Research
Time 04/28/15 01:15PM-02:30PM
Room Mount Vernon B
One of the challenges in the ever-faster changing world of technology is how to stay competitive. The need for continuous improvement and agility for higher education IT requires knowledge about in-sector and out-of-sector trends. While organizations like Gartner are excellent resources for pushing out our field of vision to garner knowledge about out-of-sector trends, EDUCAUSE (primarily U.S.-focused) and EUNIS (pan-European-focused) have specific initiatives that are based in, and designed to serve, higher education. The EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR) was started in 2001 to help higher education IT leaders predict, plan for, and act on IT trends in higher education. EUNIS started the EUNIS Research and Analysis Initiative (ERAI) in 2014 to provide a platform for IT leaders to understand the uses and trends of IT for the European Higher Education system. Both ECAR and ERAI produce action-oriented publications based on research, case studies, and comparative analysis to inform technology decision in higher education. These two endeavours are not competitors but rather complementary and supplementary. In the collaborative tradition of higher education ERAI and ECAR are seeking ways to work together to do trend analysis on a larger scale that would serve the global higher education community. Many aspects of the U.S. and European higher education are different, but initial discussions between ERAI and ECAR suggest the similarities are even greater. Learn more about the unique higher education IT issues in the U.S. (ECAR) and in Europe (ERAI), and contribute to the formative discussion about creating a more global perspective about higher education IT research.
Speaker Johan Bergström Umea University
Speaker Eden Dahlstrom EDUCAUSE
Primary track Applied Research & Scholarship