Tools for survival in a changing educational technology environment

Janet Buchan

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Abstract

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 maximize opportunities afforded by change. This paper draws on an ongoing Ph.D. 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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHello! Where are you in the landscape of educational technology?
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherDeakin University
Pages100-109
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780980592702
Publication statusPublished - 2008
EventAustralasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE) Annual Conference - Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 30 Nov 200803 Dec 2008
http://ascilite.org/past-proceedings/ (website and proceedings links)

Conference

ConferenceAustralasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE) Annual Conference
CountryAustralia
CityMelbourne
Period30/11/0803/12/08
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    Buchan, J. (2008). Tools for survival in a changing educational technology environment. In Hello! Where are you in the landscape of educational technology? (pp. 100-109). Deakin University.