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Montana institutions adopt course-sharing software

The Montana university system is adopting course-sharing administrative software to improve access to courses and address local workforce needs, leaders told EdScoop. The 16-institution system announced in August it would use Quottly — software also used by other state systems, including Idaho’s — to help students taking classes from multiple colleges. Joe Thiel, the system’s director of academic policy and research, said course-sharing across institutions supports the system’s efforts to support specialized programs in smaller cities. Emily Bamforth has the details.

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IT, business goals should be aligned, higher ed CIO says

For universities continuing to modernize technology to support a surge of online learning and an increasing focus on the student experience, information technology leaders need to ensure they remain aligned with the business goals and priorities of the university. John Rathje, the chief information officer of Kent State University, says on the PrioritiesEDU podcast that “alignment” is essential to the core functions of the student journey: recruitment, enrollment, retention, graduation and eventual alumni engagement. Listen to the podcast for more.

Research shows collaboration vital to universities' digital transformation

Building relationships across departments is essential when considering digital transformation in higher education, according to research published this week by Educause. A report by the higher education IT organization examining institutions that successfully implemented digital transformation initiatives found that encouraging collaboration and communication helped move projects along, researcher Sean Burns told EdScoop. Departments often don’t have relationships with the IT division, making it harder to ask for help, he said. The research follows Educause poll results released in August showing that significantly more institutions are “actively engaged” in digital transformation than before the pandemic. Emily has it.

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