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MWRC09 Think Stop on effective utilization of budgets

MWRC09 Think Stop #1

2009 EDUCAUSE Midwest Regional Conference (MWRC09) Think Stop #1 Question: What ideas do you have to contribute about effective utilization of budgets in a time of significant challenge? Responses: Prioritize, Prioritize, Prioritize!  Moodle  OPENID  CMS=LMS=CLE  (C from CMS = Course, L from LMS = Learning, CLE = Collaborative Learning Environment)  MySource Matrix Supported Open Source CMS www.matrix.squiz.net  (comment on above- Is there something similar for LMS systems?)  Enjoy the increased time you have to get people ready for that change now has a slower implementation schedule (comment Map IT)  Where have all the skilled IT Staff gone?  How will we competitively pay?  (They’ve all just been laid-off by Motorola, Bank of America, and AIG to name a few.)  Make sure to tie our budgets to gaining efficiency or automating  Leverage IT as a gain in productivity not a bottomless cost center.  Create ROI which is useful.  Real problems need real $$  Utilize existing tech for future projects.  e.g. LMS systems for online staff training  Leverage core & edge IT appropriately  Progressively document.  Don’t make someone reverse engineer your work when you leave/move.  Embrace “The Cloud”  Assessment track; it's not a fad  Student & STFFunding - support to finish campus wireless  “Poster sessions” should be “postre sessions”

Question: What ideas do you have to contribute about effective utilization of budgets in a time of significant challenge?

Responses:

  1. Prioritize, Prioritize, Prioritize!
  2. Moodle
  3. OPENID
  4. CMS=LMS=CLE  (C from CMS = Course, L from LMS = Learning, CLE = Collaborative Learning Environment)
  5. MySource Matrix Supported Open Source CMS www.matrix.squiz.net
  6. (comment on above- Is there something similar for LMS systems?)
  7. Enjoy the increased time you have to get people ready for that change now has a slower implementation schedule (comment Map IT)
  8. Where have all the skilled IT Staff gone?  How will we competitively pay?  (They’ve all just been laid-off by Motorola, Bank of America, and AIG to name a few.)
  9. Make sure to tie our budgets to gaining efficiency or automating
  10. Leverage IT as a gain in productivity not a bottomless cost center.
  11. Create ROI which is useful.  Real problems need real $$
  12. Utilize existing tech for future projects.  e.g. LMS systems for online staff training
  13. Leverage core & edge IT appropriately
  14. Progressively document.  Don’t make someone reverse engineer your work when you leave/move.
  15. Embrace “The Cloud”
  16. Assessment track; it's not a fad
  17. Student & STFFunding - support to finish campus wireless
  18. “Poster sessions” should be “postre sessions”

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