Kirtland Community College achieved 7th place recognition in the small colleges division in the Center for Digital Education (CDE) Digital Community College 10th annual national survey. The award is given to community colleges who demonstrate a dedication to identifying and implementing innovative technology for use in the classroom, improving how instruction is delivered and maximizing the students’ ability to succeed.
Implementing cutting edge technology is essential as students need to become fluent in using technology tools and in obtaining, analyzing, and using information if they hope to be competitive in the job market. “Technology continues to play an expanding role in our environment, both in work and in play, and it is impacting every industry. Students who are not able to leverage technology, well beyond just using it for recreation or communication, are going to be at a significant disadvantage,” said Kirtland Director of Information Technology Service, Tim Scherer.
“We must leverage technology tools across the college to provide the best learning opportunities possible,” continued Scherer. “The best way to take command of new and evolving technology is to have those tools available to learn with. Today’s workers need to be more efficient, be complex problem solvers, work collaboratively, and be effective. Kirtland is dedicated to providing technology to help our students succeed in meeting their career goals.”
In its tenth year, the survey analyzes how community colleges use digital technologies to improve services to students, faculty, staff and the community at large. Findings include: 58% support student job placement through online resume-building tools, 43% have strategies in place for the use of mobile devices and 81% of colleges surveyed use cloud computing services resulting in cost savings.
“Technology is being used on campuses and in lecture halls to lower costs and improve student outcomes,” said Alan Cox, Senior Vice President for the Center for Digital Education. “This year’s survey indicates that community colleges are making great strides in using data to improve decisions, providing professional development to assist faculty in the use of technology, and creating robust online and mobile environments for their students. Congratulations to this year’s survey winners.”