Advances in technology now allow for more immersive and innovative teaching practices that put learning in the hands of learners. Districts and universities need to properly invest in infrastructure, devices, software, and training to take full advantage of this changing trend. In addition to these investments, here are a few other things that must be in place.
- Clear communication channels between IT departments, instructional designers, and instructors must be maintained.
- Support roles and scope should be developed for any instructional hardware or software. Too often IT personnel are asked to support something that they didn’t know existed in their environment or are out of scope.
- Make technology choices that allow for scalability. Don’t choose the cheapest option out of the gate as it may come back to haunt you later when you go to add more devices, users, etc.
- Don’t make technology choices without engaging IT. They’re going to have to support at least some portion of the product or service chosen.
- Strive to make data driven decisions. Don’t rely on what is trendy in consumer technology to make technology decisions.
- Above all, make technology fit instructional and learning goals rather than allowing technology to shape instruction or learning. Avoid employing technology for its own sake. Instead, use technology to add value to education.