19University Learning Technology Control and Security: Requires Teamwork to Succeed

Donald Tharp and Greg Chamberlain

19.1 Introduction

Learning technology (interchangeably termed instructional or educational technology) and information technology continue to grow rapidly and expand further into instructional and student support practices at institutions of higher education. Two major issues continue to challenge college and universities’ attempts to facilitate adoption and integrate learning technology as an integral part of their processes. The first issue deals with security across the spectrum of individual institutions regarding people, data, infrastructure, and equipment. The second issue concerns the relationships among those who control and manage learning technology (Weiss 2011). Information technology is focused on normal day-to-day operations of the network and equipment as well as securing data and information. Learning technology focuses on facilitating learning and improving performance through the use of technology. Although related, they are distinctly different both in technology use and the integration planning. Therefore, control (e.g., accountability, responsibility) for strategic planning, integration, and professional development should be accomplished by their respective organizations with clearly defined roles and responsibilities.

Higher education institutions, regardless of size and population, are confronted with daunting challenges in regards to computer ...

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