As the University of Iowa works to implement its new strategic plan, it is clear technology plays an important role in nearly every initiative. The OneIT Year in Review highlights some of the ways IT is enabling student success, advancing research in medicine and other fields, and supporting diversity efforts, while also delivering the critical technology services and support the campus depends on.
Iowa students are taking ownership of their learning with tools like Elements of Success, which provides real-time data on their course performance. New technology solutions are also providing students with more personalized experiences in large lecture courses, and allowing them to create an online engagement record to showcase non-academic experiences that build skills for their future.
Accessing clinical data for research is a big issue for every academic medical center, but health scholars at Iowa can now do so more easily with a new secure storage solution called the Iowa Health Data Resource Data Enclave. With more than a million patient visits to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics each year, it contains a trove of information about health problems and treatments, and connects to Iowa’s existing big-data tools for studies involving machine learning and predictive analytics.
Graduate student instructors from underrepresented backgrounds are connecting through new learning communities facilitated by the Office of Teaching, Learning, and Technology. We are also proud of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts happening within OneIT, including development of inclusive hiring guidelines, creating conversation on DEI topics, and promoting IT accessibility to campus.
We continue to evolve the OneIT organization through professional development and a new OneIT Conversation Partners program to help employees build relationships. We teamed up with researchers at the Tippie College of Business to study the experiences of our employees in on-campus, hybrid, and remote work arrangements. We also pulled together over the summer to navigate one of the biggest IT outages in university history, mobilizing and collaborating extensively to minimize impact to campus.
I hope you enjoy the OneIT Year in Review. We are grateful for the strong relationships we have with campus partners and look forward to continuing to enable the success of the institution and its people.
Steve Fleagle (he/him/his)
Associate Vice President and CIO