The Orbits of Educational Innovation: Recentering Academic Adoption

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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
Stream: Technology in Education
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Colin Marlaire

Assistant Professor, Arts and Humanities, National University
La Jolla, CA, USA

Dr. Colin Marlaire is an assistant professor in the College of Letters and Sciences- Arts and Humanities Department at National University in San Diego California. He teaches courses in the English Masters program. He teaches courses in Critical Theory, authors and works of the English Romantic and Victorian periods, and Hypermedia. He received his Ph. D. in English from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His research focuses on the evolution of the novel both within and without European civilizations. He is particularly interested in the ideological and cultural significance of setting and perspective within the novel. He is also concerned with the impact of economic changes on both Culture and the individual, the implications of imperialism and colonialism on the literature of both the colonizer and the colonized, and the role new technologies can play within the classroom. He has presented at conferences such as those held by the Western Organization of Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies and the International Romantics Organization.

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