Purpose of the MHEC Technologies Community
Technology’s role in higher education is increasingly diverse, continually evolving, and embedded in the fabric of institutional operations. The Technologies Community engages IT innovators and specialists from services areas for technology, academia, students, and administration. The community provides strategic guidance to MHEC on technology-related topics in support of the mission of higher education institutions and states in the Midwest.
Technology Advisory Groups
Advisory groups are comprised of members of technologies community who have an interest in or are focused on areas of specific interest. The advisory groups are:
- Academic Technologies
The Academic Technologies Advisory Group explores and reviews opportunities in those technology areas that directly impact academic instructional needs. This is a very broad category, so the group may choose to focus on one or two areas at any given time.
- Comprehensive Learner Records
The Comprehensive Learner Records Advisory Group will study and advise MHEC and member states on the technologies and strategies necessary to move each state along the path toward comprehensive learner records.
- Emerging Perspectives
The Emerging Perspectives Advisory Group is not restricted to any specific area of interest, but may choose their own interest area based on current trends.
- Information Security
As technology use increases, so does an institution’s risk due to the associated data/information that is accessed via or stored within systems. The Information Security Advisory Group looks at the security issues around data and information.
- Technology Contracts
The Technology Contracts Advisory Group will support the IT contract portfolio work of MHEC. Some activities might include vendor briefings, quarterly reviews/projections for existing contracts, assistance with regular contract reviews, review of contract terms, review of upcoming renewals and recommendations, review vendor proposed contract changes (scope, price, terms), help address contract issues or concerns (such as pricing concerns from member institutions); to increase knowledge of how the contracts can be utilized and are being utilized by others; and to learn about and report performance usage and successes
The advisory groups provide flexibility for small groups to focus on specific areas of interest to the higher education technology community. This work may be strategic and collaborative in nature, or may be very tactical. Work may include initial analysis of potential technology contracting opportunities, collaboration with policy initiatives, feedback on technology challenges, or other areas as needed. If you are interested in participating in one of these advisory groups, contact Deb Kidwell.
Technology Interest Areas:
Contracts have been established for a variety of technology needs such as computers, software, printers and peripherals, and data and networking. Link to MHEC’s Technology Contracts.
MHEC has compiled a list of resources for accessibility. Coming Soon.
MHEC offers webinars that may be of interest to the technology community. Recordings of those webinars are available on MHEC’s YouTube channel.
- The Midwest CIO: Navigating the Impact of COVID, July 16, 2020
- From a Culture of Accommodation to a Culture of Accessibility - the Wichita State story, March 17, 2020
- Midwest States Tackle Broadband, October 1, 2020
Webinar Resources | Presentation | Recording
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|Aric Kirkland||Eastern Michigan University||Michigan|
|Loren Malm||Ball State University||Indiana|
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