Ed Tech Thought Leader Interview: Innovative CIO Phil Komarny

Kelly Walsh, Quartz, Jan 28, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Two part interview (part one, part two) with Phil Komarny, VP and CIO for Seton Hall University (noted for its iPad and Macbook programs for students). As expected, it's grounded in the IT needs of the traditional campus-based university, but nonetheless contains good insights and advice. Some interesting lessons, eg: "The concept of ‘logging into a domain account’ or ‘binding the devices to the domain’ were simply foundational IT thinking but these concepts become very disruptive." One thing that struck my eye: "The LMS that is currently being delivered ‘to the university’ will soon be a thing of the past. As new models of education are developed, they will be scalable, competency based and adaptive, the focus of the platforms will be on the learner. The learner will manage and curate their learning, content and product. It will travel with them and be added to over a lifetime." That should sound very familiar to readers of this newsletter.

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