Over the past few years, there has been increasing attention to how ICT is governed in schools. One reason is the significant impact ICT systems have on all aspects of school operations – from the learning and teaching program to school administration and reporting. Hence, input and buying from all stakeholders are required to ensure effective and inclusive ICT decisions making.
MIT researchers Peter Weill and Jeanne Ross define IT governance as specifying the decision rights and accountability framework to encourage desirable behaviour in using ICT. The purpose of establishing ICT governance is to direct ICT endeavours and to ensure that ICT performance meets the following objectives:
- Alignment of ICT with the organisation’s goals, strategy and realisation of the promised benefits
- Use of ICT to enable achievement of goals and exploiting opportunities, and maximising benefits
- Responsible use of ICT resources
- Appropriate management of information and technology-related risks.
To be successful in a school, ICT governance requires input and direction from the stakeholders and the ICT team. Sometimes there is confusion between what ICT Governance Committee is responsible for compared to the ICT team. COBIT, the IT Governance Institute and Peterson describe the difference as:
ICT Management is the efficient and effective supply of ICT services and products, and the management of ICT operations whereas ICT Governance focuses on contributing to present school operations and performance, and transforming and positioning ICT to meet future school challenges.
In a school, the ICT governance function is sometimes called an ICT Steering Committee or ICT Strategic Advisory Committee. Irrespective of what it is called, it is an important function within a school that requires formal terms of reference, membership list and calendar of meetings.
What is required to make this happen? MOQdigital Education Services team are working with schools in this area and can assist you. Please contact one of the team if you’d like to know more.
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 R.Peterson, “Integration Strategies and Tactics for Information Technology Governance”, in Strategies for Information Technology Governance, Ed. Wim Van Grembergen, Idea Group Publishing, 2003