More Innovation, Less Frustration: Ed Tech Adoption Best Practices and Lessons Learned
Concurrent Session 7
Adopting innovative courseware and tools can be time consuming and frustrating, but it doesn’t have to be. Each of our panel members is at the forefront of adoption practice in their own way. They will share their current process, best practices for communicating, and what they see as next.
Think about who manages innovation through technology at your campus. At many institutions, the job of managing innovation through technology falls heavily on the shoulders of a very small team, or even one person. These people have a tough job, made challenging by a series of seemingly irresolvable tensions:
- innovate but maintain consistency
- defend institutional standards while working with cutting edge approaches
- support faculty whether they are optimistic or habitually resistant
- manage schedules and budgets for projects that are often the first of their kind
The people on this panel understand. Between them they’ve worked on hundreds of such projects. They’ve learned helpful ways to uncover the real needs behind faculty requested adoptions, good questions to ask providers before signing a contract, and how to communicate well (or at least better) across their institution.
- Tracey Osborne, Associate VP of Academic Resources, Southern New Hampshire University – fast growing school with a large number of Ed Tech adoptions.
- Candis Shupe, Learning Resource Manager, Western Governors University – fast growing school with a large number of Ed Tech adoptions.
- Michael Goudzwaard, Learning Experience Designer, Dartmouth College – frequently published on Learning OS and often thinking about where Ed Tech integration is going.
- David Lindrum, Founder, Soomo Learning – veteran of hundreds of Ed Tech adoptions, from the provider’s side of the table.
Prompts for panelists include:
- What is your process for finding, reviewing, and launching new Ed Tech adoptions?
- What have you learned about communicating with your institution?
- What have you learned about communicating with your providers?
- What new tools or standards would most benefit you in the next year?
Better processes can help prevent surprises, reduce risk to student experience, and strengthen relationships with providers. Adopting innovative technology may never be routine, but there are some routines that can make the process smoother.
These process help them make better choices, streamline adoptions, and reduce frustration. They are eager to share a little of what they’ve learned, and to learn more from audience discussion.
Whether audience members are new to ed tech adoption or old hands, they will hear useful ideas from experienced practitioners. And at a conference like OLC, it seems certain our panel will learn from the audience as we