With foundational improvements underway, we are well positioned to work on progressive initiatives that will allow substantial progress toward achieving OSU’s goals for excellence in learning and scholarship.
- Build the right portfolio of learning, collaboration and assessment tools that enable learner success. Students need to learn from anywhere, at any time, using any device that best meets their needs; instructors need just-in-time information to monitor progress; and OSU needs quality data to measure overall movement toward success.
- Revise the current operations of the 3000+ computer lab seats at OSU to an approach that allows students to do their homework for any class from any computer lab seat on campus, or from their own computers. Creating a virtual workspace, this University-wide initiative will remove barriers to students completing their courses.
- Support ongoing pedagogical pilots, adoption of new tools that allow more engaging classes and better understanding of learning progress in the moment and over time.
- Engage in open content prototypes, shifting beyond the traditional textbook and course reader model to lower the cost to learners and provide a more student-centered educational model.
- To best enable growth in the scale and complexity of research, OSU faculty need access to the right technology solutions for their disciplines and research needs, from any location, to enable their creativity and scholarship. In technical terms, the researchers need reliable, secure and substantial network, storage, visualization, telepresence and computational capacity, whether they are in a lab or in the field. Additionally, we must co-invest in high quality data center space to mitigate the power, space and cooling shortfalls
in many colleges.
- Develop a research computing cooperative to allow researchers to easily opt in to shared computer resources to store data, conduct analysis, publish and collaborate. This approach follows the practices of the most successful and competitive research universities, and it has the potential to be a growing, scaling and self-funding sustained resource for researchers.
- Improve OSU’s business efficiency in three key ways: by reducing the
cost of transactions through optimized business processes, by making information available to support management operations, and by improving the productivity of the workforce. One by one we must migrate paperbound, labor and error intensive business processes to a streamlined, online approach. This must be accomplished without substantially adding to the cost of University operations; returns on investment should be recouped by lowering the cost of administrative functions.
Technology can be transformative in the University’s success. OSU has extensive technology resources and expertise, but the degree to which these resources actually enable progress toward the University’s Strategic Plan depends on how well we choose priorities and effectively use the technology. There are two key factors for success:
- The technology environment requires steady, sustained progress to create a viable framework to support learning and scholarship, improving our processes and gain financial stability.
- OSU’s success depends on how well we leverage technology to effectively transform learning, research and administration.
The technology strategy at OSU must be embraced by the University as a part of its overall strategy. Everyone has a role in achieving success.