"Startups should talk with researchers & educators"
See: http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/21723#sthash.54YgfsPB.dpuf or http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/21723
It was my first time at any #sxsw event, and I was very excited to attend a new conference hoping for new discussions and conversations that would help drive education technology development in higher education. I was a bit overwhelmed at the number of tech companies, start-ups, in attendance. As the educators/researchers starting instantly connecting with each other, I was amazed at how little of a group of us there was at the conference. For something with "edu" in the title, I wasn't seeing a lot of "edu" at the conference or involved in the dialogue.
Education institutions have been working with vendors for years. We understand how instructors need to be supported and how students need to be supported. We have experience with several models of vendor support for instructors and students as well as university models for instructor and student support. Also, many of these processes are pretty standardized at this point. We know how to align technologies with our strategic plans, justify our needs for the technology, engage student and faculty, support student and instructors, implement and diffuse the solutions, and evaluate the effectiveness of solutions.
Educational institutions bring a wealth of knowledge of providing research of the effectiveness of a technology solution on teaching and learning. We have theoretical frameworks and methodological practices, including instrument development, data gathering, and data analyses expertise and resources. We have avenues to disseminate these findings.
These findings and experiences can help edu tech start-ups improve their support processes, identify problems, highlight product features needed by educators, and prioritize problem reports and feature requests. Most importantly, researchers can provide evidence for whether or not they actually improve student outcomes. It is ALL about the student learning, is it not?
At the end of the day, I don't want to hear a salesperson or account manager form technology company X telling my about a product, I want I a colleague from a fellow institution to share with me their experience using the technology. I want to know what need the application is meeting, what support needs they experienced, and whether it works or not.
Make sure to check out my post, Come See Me at EDUCAUSE!
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Wednesday, October 16, 2013 9:40am-10:20am
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 3:40pm-4:30pm
Tanya Joosten @tjoosten, George Veletsianos @veletsianos, Amy Collier @amcollier
Thursday, October 17, 2013 2:40pm-3:30pm
Tanya Joosten @tjoosten, Dylan Barth @dylanbarth, Ginkgotree @ginkgotree
So, what are your thoughts? What is the relationship between edu vendors and tech starts ups and edu (institutions, researchers, and educators)?
It is not all about CIOs and who can authorize the purchase ;)