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State of IT in Education 2021

Digital solutions have the potential to improve access to information and quality of education. To take advantage of this, tech leaders in the education industry are leading the charge with digital innovation in the classroom, but can educators keep up? And with digital devices becoming increasingly necessary, how can these leaders ensure all students have access to the tools they need to succeed?

In this One-Minute White Paper, Pulse surveyed 100 tech leaders in the education industry to understand:

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State of IT in Education 2021

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Data collected from January 18 - May 20, 2021

Total respondents: 100 tech leaders in the education industry

Tech leaders in education are prioritizing information security and focussing on the students

The top three IT priorities in 2021 for tech leaders in the education industry are information security strategy (52%), student retention and completion (43%), and student-centric education (40%).

To reflect these priorities, most leaders (45%) are increasing their budgets 6-10% from last year.

Digital solutions considered a benefit to student engagement—and digital devices are often a requirement

Overwhelmingly, digital solutions in the classroom are seen as boons to student engagement, with only 7% of respondents disagreeing with this sentiment and none strongly disagreeing.

Currently, more than half of respondents (61%) say their institution requires laptops in the classroom. Although digital devices are commonly required, 33% of respondents say their institution does not provide any digital devices.

When pursuing digital innovation in education, tech leaders believe educators can keep up

For the most part, tech leaders are satisfied (64%) with the current state of digital innovation in education within their organizations. However, over one-third (36%) see the potential for improvement.

And most tech leaders (85%) believe that educators in their institution are prepared to implement digital innovation solutions in 2021.

Most leaders (37%) will be dedicating 6-10% of their 2021 IT budget to educator professional development on digital solutions, with only 7% of respondents not investing in this at all.

Improving access to information is the #1 digital transformation goal for educational organizations

When it comes to digital transformation goals, tech leaders in education say their organizations are aiming to improve access to information (63%), achieve cost efficiency (56%), and improve communication (52%) in 2021.

Video-assisted learning is the most popular (52%) new technology under consideration in 2021, followed by learning analytics (49%) and STEAM-based programs (46%).

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