The Orbits of Educational Innovation: Recentering Academic Adoption
Technologies used in educational contexts at a variety of levels (from primary through higher education) are constantly changing and growing. The creative-adaptive power and usability of these tools are also improving exponentially. Early innovators in academics are therefore identifying and adapting emergent technologies as they strive to teach as effectively as they can. However, the level of experience and comfort concerning a specific technology varies from school to school, program to program, faculty member to faculty member. Add to this challenge the fact that academic discussions of use lag far behind actual use and a general academic context where subject area scholarship and administration occupy much of a faculty’s out-of-class time, and academia is left in a space where the use of technology has increased, deepened, pervaded… but discussion and collaboration often have not. Academic institutions must therefore determine mechanisms that will both formalize and strengthen the ability to institutionally communicate ideas and Ideas… best practices at both the microscopic and macroscopic level. Such a system must be rendered multi-directional… a conduit for communicating innovations from course to program to school to institution that can then operate in reverse and communicate formal adoptions that would benefit faculty at the course level.
Keywords: Technology, Education, Computer Based, Online, Collaboration, Innovation
Dr. Colin Marlaire
Assistant Professor, Arts and Humanities, National University