Amber D. Evans-Marcu (Virginia Tech, rSmart) presents information obtained in her dissertation research regarding how awareness and adoption are often hindered by assumptions, misconceptions and a general lack of knowledge regarding any innovation. During her research, she unearthed a trove of adoption models specifically for use in higher education. In this session, she will explain how her experience and knowledge to apply a particular diffusion of innovation model, the Concerns Based Adoption Model (CBAM), came to fruition during the VT Transition from Blackboard to Sakai. She will also explain how other models can prove effective against significant resistance that can often arise across campuses from non-technical stakeholders, especially those unfamiliar with the open source ecosystem.
In this session, Evans-Marcu will explain:
* The importance of models
* Selecting a model
* Applying the CBAM model
* Pitfalls to avoid