Tools for survival in a changing educational technology environment

Buchan, Janet (2008) Tools for survival in a changing educational technology environment. In: Proceedings ascilite Melbourne 2008. pp. 100-109. From: ascilite 2008: 25th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education: Hello! Where are you in the landscape of educational technology?, 30 November - 3 December 2008, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

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This conference provides a unique opportunity to capture a snapshot in time of where we are in the educational technology landscape. Landscape denotes static, a snapshot in time. However, the educational technology environment is dynamic and constantly changing. While at times the technological change and demands for technological change can be overwhelming, change needs to become an accepted, integral and well managed part of our educational environment. Concepts presented here have been taken from the environment management discipline and are used as metaphors for understanding change and transformations in technology enhanced learning environments. The strong environmental metaphor and associated language has been deliberately chosen because it helps us to focus on our key role as educators which is to create the best possible learning environment for our students. This paper introduces a social ecological systems analysis approach to understanding changes in organisations and the impact of outside factors on our learning environment. The Adaptive Cycle Framework is introduced as a predictive tool for understanding changes and transformations in our educational technology environment, and to thus determine a pathway to maximise opportunities afforded by change. This paper draws on an ongoing PhD study in which the focus is on managing change in technology enhanced learning environments. The Adaptive Cycle Framework is illustrated within the context of a case study of a regional university’s changing educational technology environment as a means to better manage for the long term.

Item ID: 34985
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-0-9805927-1-9
Keywords: adaptive cycle, learning environment, management, learning environment, learning management system, management, educational technology, adaptive cycles, social ecological system
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Copyright 2008 Janet Buchan.

Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2014 04:44
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education @ 20%
13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership @ 40%
13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing @ 40%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930502 Management of Education and Training Systems @ 50%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies @ 50%
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