New politics, fragile economy, ageing student market, a society rapidly absorbing new technologies. Any one of these presents challenges to our sector, but together these form the complex reality of our working lives.
So what? How can we respond to these pressures? What’s going to help us cope? Better still, how can we succeed?
At JISC we’re thinking about big, but already we know we need to do more with less and we want to help the sector to become agile. It’s a challenging time in education, but it’s also a tremendously energising period.
Whether or not evolution or evolution of strategy is required depends entirely upon your organisational situation. Nevertheless it helps to know where you’re headed. Common sense (and Kotter) tells us that strength of vision is a vital element of change. JISC’s vision is one of easy and widespread access to information and resources, anytime, anywhere; a vision with technology and information management at the heart of research and education.
So how does that help? Well, now more than ever, we believe that technology offers a genuine opportunity to transform not only the delivery of higher education and research undertaking, but also education institutions themselves. Crucially we argue that it’s not so much exploration of technological challenges that is required, rather a greater understanding of the potential of technology. Simply put: knowing what’s possible.
That’s why we are leading and contributing to a series of events throughout 2010, to stimulate debate and provide a platform for exchanging ideas on the future of the higher education sector. And further, through this blog we will champion the role technology plays to enable education institutions to achieve their missions through these uncertain, but fascinating times.