Survey: Campus technology departments are seeing fewer budget cuts, feeling uncertainty about MOOCs
- Campus information-technology officials at 543 colleges and universities reported to a Campus Computing Project survey that their departments see fewer budget cuts, they view learning-management-system companies as competition to their business and they feel uncertainty regarding MOOCs.
- A majority of the respondents felt that MOOCs "offer a viable model for the effective delivery of online instruction," but their uncertainty was in whether or not the courses "offer a viable business model for campuses to realize new revenues."
- Respondents reporting budget cuts in their department were down to 27%, compared to 50% in 2009, and the portion using Blackboard's learning management system fell to 45% this year as other companies made gains.
From the article:
Campus information-technology officials face fewer budget cuts in their departments, see tough competition for their business from learning-management-system companies, and view massive open online courses, or MOOC's, with uncertainty, according to the results of an annual survey on higher-education computing released on Wednesday. The Campus Computing Project survey questioned officials at 543 colleges and universities on a range of topics, including mobile applications and the impact of investments in campus technology. Two questions about MOOC's were added this year to keep up with the "flirtation du jour" and "buzz" around the courses, said Kenneth C. Green, founding director of the survey. ...
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