ERIC Number: ED406552
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Information Systems: A Strategic Approach.
FEDA Bulletin, v1 n14 Feb 1997
This paper, which is intended for individuals responsible for information management at British further education (FE) colleges, describes the attempts by a number of FE institutions to manage their information effectively and provides guidelines for FE institutions to follow when developing their own information management strategy. After a brief discussion of the term "management information system," the development of computerized management information systems in FE colleges is traced. Examined in the next two sections are considerations in formulating an information strategy for the purpose of developing an integrated approach to managing/supporting the learning process within an institution and factors to consider when conducting an information technology needs analysis. The following practical steps in drafting a total information strategy are reviewed: assign a development leader; set up a strategy group; analyze users' requirements; create an initial user specification; decide on the systems' functions; identify curriculum information technology needs; analyze the college's existing communication systems; identify hardware requirements; decide on training needs; set up information technology development groups; create a resourcing strategy; relaunch the college information service; and set up a user group. Concluding the paper are comments on strategy development and implementation plans. (MN)
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Foreign Countries, Information Needs, Information Systems, Management Information Systems, Models, Needs Assessment, Postsecondary Education, Program Development, Strategic Planning, Systems Approach, Technical Institutes, Vocational Education
Further Education Development Agency, Publications Dept., Mendip Centre, Blagdon, Bristol BS18 6RG, United Kingdom (3.50 British pounds).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Further Education Development Agency, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom