Key Lessons from EdTech Professionals in 2023
At Ellucian, the strength of our community lies in the shared experiences and insights of its members. Our 2023 end-of-year customer survey was a testament to this belief, offering a forum for EdTech professionals to share their valuable lessons from the past year. These insights, generously contributed by our clients, provide a window into the challenges and achievements that shape the future of educational technology.
Valuing Clear Communication
"Over-communication isn't annoying, it's necessary," expressed Jamie Dewitz from Hawkeye Community College. This emphasis on clear communication is a critical lesson for many of us in the EdTech sector. In a field where technology and education intersect, the significance of transparent and frequent communication is crucial. Dewitz's insight reminds us that success in managing complex systems hinges on keeping all parties informed and engaged.
The Importance of Proactive Planning
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"No time too early to request a new server needed for an upgrade," shared Jason Madden of Black Hawk College, highlighting the importance of anticipation in technology management. Paul Nast from John Brown University added, "Effective leadership means taking the initiative to fill in gaps." These perspectives depict the need for early action in technology upgrades and proactive leadership, recognizing the value of foresight in the dynamic EdTech world.
Building and Sustaining Relationships
Todd Britton from the University of La Verne emphasized, "The power of building and maintaining strong and vibrant relationships." Similarly, Florante Roa from College of the Desert advised, "Speak up, share your view(s) and idea(s)." Their insights on the power of relationships and community engagement highlight the importance of nurturing connections and fostering a collaborative, innovative environment.
Embracing Continuous Learning
"Continue to learn," was the succinct advice from Melissa Mezo of Fordham University. Aaron Kryger of Multnomah University echoed this sentiment, stressing the importance of adaptability and proactive learning. Their reflections highlight that in the ever-changing world of EdTech, embracing new knowledge and skills is not just advantageous but essential.
Balancing Professional and Personal Life
Scott Branum from Galveston College shared his approach to work-life balance: "I have learned to better separate myself from work." Melissa Miller from Metropolitan State University of Denver highlighted the importance of self-care: "Self-care, self-love, self-help is a must-learn lesson." This wisdom brings to light the crucial balance between professional commitments and personal well-being, particularly in a field as demanding as EdTech.
Reflecting and Looking Forward
The insights garnered from our 2023 customer survey represent the collective wisdom shaping our approach in the EdTech sector. Each response has offered strategic direction for our community as a whole.
We extend our heartfelt thanks to every participant who shared their experiences and lessons with Ellucian this year. Your contributions are the building blocks for a future that is more informed, more collaborative, and rich in innovation. Together, we are actively shaping the evolution of educational technology, guided by valuable lessons for the future.
Learn more about EllumiNation where customers can collaborate and share wisdom with other Ellucian partners throughout the year.