Decision making is an integral part of leadership, especially in education, where decisions can impact the life and education of thousands of children and adolescents. However, like many aspects of leadership in education, technology has altered the way that decisions are made, making the process easier in some regards but also presenting a number of challenges.
Our guide is going to explore two aspects of technology and decision making; the advantages and opportunities, and the limitations.
Understanding the Advantages and Opportunities of Technology in Decision Making
Technology is a double-edged sword in leadership. On the one hand, it has enabled leaders to access a much wider spectrum of information; on the other hand, it has made technology a near necessity in managing all that information.
The sheer volume of information available that can help leaders to make well-informed decisions must be efficiently managed and organised, which is one advantage of technology. There are an exceptional number of online tools available for leaders to use to help them manage data, but not only that, the tools can also make data easier to analyse.
Student information and academic reports can be easily categorised to allow educational leaders to make informed decisions on how to tackle problems and find solutions to help students overcome weaknesses. The benefits of improved management through technology can help with time management, student progress tracking, and identifying key areas for improvement in the running of a school.
The advantages of technology in decision making are constantly evolving. One opportunity that could transform decision making in schools is AI, a tool that’s already being used by many businesses. AI technology could help with faster decision making, improved accuracy, and variations on data interpretation. AI is also cost-effective once established and new developments continue to make it an effective tool for understanding people better, which can lead to improved decision making.
The Limitations of Technology in Decision Making
Despite the advantageous use of technology in decision making, there are still some limitations to how extensively technology can play a role in the decision-making process. One limitation is the current ability of technology to make decisions. Computers can’t completely fill the shoes of a leader; they can tell you the attendance rate of a student and determine whether its satisfactory or not, but they can’t provide you with a fair decision on what to do without understanding the situation.
Technology also lacks the personal approach; even the latest tech can’t provide you with a decision based on emotions, it can only provide rational decisions based on data. Unless you’re looking for a decision made from solely quantifiable data, technology still has some major drawbacks.