CANCELLED: IT plus Digital Content - or "Nice Pipes. Where's the Water?"

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February 2015

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
508 Rider



Barbara I. Dewey, Dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications

Kevin M. Morooney, Vice Provost for Information Technology

Jennifer LV Sparrow, Senior Director, Teaching and Learning with Technology


Michael J. Dooris, Executive Director, Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment

Any well-run university has established processes for analyzing and operationalizing resource allocation in familiar domains such as facilities, curriculum, and academic programs. For example, a campus would not add residence halls without considering the likely impacts on enrollments, student affairs staffing, recreation facilities, budget, transportation and parking, and much more. Mature organizational mechanisms for those sorts of decisions are practically taken for granted.

21st century research universities will require robust information resources and capabilities that support discovery, education and service. But at this point in the digital age, planning at the intersection of information technology and digital content is comparatively ad hoc and piecemeal.

In this session, the panelists will speak to the notion that more integrated thinking about cross-unit needs, opportunities, costs, and impacts is needed. The proposition is that more holistic approaches can help optimize the return on investment in IT infrastructure, digital content, and innovative technologies designed to enhance teaching and learning.

Engagement with attendees and conversation on the issues will be important goals for the panelists.

To register for this session, call the Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment at 814-863-8721 or email Penn State campuses interested in participating via videoconference should contact the Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment. There is no fee, and the sessions are open to all Penn State students, faculty, and staff members.