Make Your Pilot a Purple Cow: Something Worth Talking About

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A pilot of Sakai gives you the green light to do things differently and creatively. …

A pilot of Sakai gives you the green light to do things differently and creatively.

(Our Sakai story as told through Ugly Dolls.)

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  • 1. Make  Your  Pilot  a  Purple  Cow Something  Worth  Talking  About... Kimberly  Eke,  Ph.D. Senior  Manager,  Teaching  and  Learning  Interac=ve University  of  North  Carolina  at  Chapel  Hill 16  June  2010
  • 2. Today • Share experiences & lessons learned • Provide resources • Seek your collective wisdom & advice
  • 3. The premise of this presentation is that conducting a pilot (“change effort”) gives you a green light to do things differently!
  • 4. Let’s face it, no one loves the LMS like you do. They have other things on their minds...
  • 5. This is our story. We are one institution among many but our lessons learned can apply to change efforts generally.
  • 6. Our story is full of excitement and drama!
  • 7. ? ? ? ?? ? But, first, how did we get here? If we’ve had Blackboard on our campus since 1999, what brought us to a pilot of Sakai?
  • 8. The answer is a confluence of events. (1) Institutional reports recommended open source evaluations. (2) Blackboard data mining showed a 33% course adoption rate with the most-used tools being Content and E-mail. (3) And, last, our obligation and desire to provide the best possible services to our campus. This necessarily required we research options. Therefore, the Sakai Action Group was formed and a pilot was initiated!
  • 9. Fall 2008 Spring 2009
  • 10. 3 These are our 3 core values and lessons learned.
  • 11. 1. be “radically transparent” Let others see, evaluate and improve what you’re doing. Develop a plan. Be open to critical feedback and create formal mechanisms for capturing it. Implement it!
  • 12. Our blog is living documentation of our pilot. www.unc.edu/sakaipilot
  • 13. Being transparent allowed us to be authentic (e.g. why the pilot) and approachable (e.g. how to get involved and track progress).
  • 14. LESSON LEARNED: Separate pilot success from a final adoption decision. (See our report for pilot success criteria.) Thus, even if people didn’t like Sakai, the pilot could still be successful if it met the specified criteria.
  • 15. 2. get help
  • 16. We were three. We knew we’d have to rely on others if the pilot was to have any chance at success.
  • 17. Vendor ITS Help We have distributed IT support on our campus. We layered our Sakai support process on an existing support process for Bb.
  • 18. Vendor ITS Help Unexpected benefit? We all gained Sakai support expertise: our team, Sakai Action Group, Tier 1 support, and even faculty!
  • 19. Current stats 4,000 4000 3000 2000 1000 400 0 F ‘08 S ’09 F ’09 S ’10
  • 20. LESSON LEARNED: Plan for success and consider ways to scale support processes gracefully.
  • 21. 3. be purple This is a direct reference to Seth Godin’s book, Purple Cow. To be noticed, you have to do something worth talking about -- something “remarkable.”
  • 22. Target the change lovers.
  • 23. Give them a shared way to communicate.
  • 24. Use social media.
  • 25. Text youtube.com/TLInteractiveUNC
  • 26. LESSON LEARNED: Change happens one person at a time.
  • 27. Give things away.
  • 28. Google: “bfree UNC”
  • 29. Be active in the Sakai community!
  • 30. What purple things have you done? What should we do next?
  • 31. Have fun!
  • 32. kim_eke@unc.edu kimeke (twitter, linkedin, slideshare) http://www.unc.edu/sakaipilot http://youtube.com/TLInteractiveUNC http://twitter.com/TL_Interactive
  • 33. credits creative commons photos from flickr search tool @ http://compfight.com Slide # Attribution 3-8 http://www.flickr.com/photos/shellysblogger/4672080099/sizes/l/ 4 http://www.flickr.com/photos/shellysblogger/3687033041/sizes/l/ 5 http://www.flickr.com/photos/92329419@N00/4021406454/ 6 http://www.flickr.com/photos/42961457@N04/4545984771/ 9 http://www.flickr.com/photos/thewhitestdogalive/3697494746/sizes/o/ 10 http://www.flickr.com/photos/kelvin255/3958254017/sizes/o/ 13 http://www.flickr.com/photos/drivinginheels/2967884019/sizes/l/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/nomadiclass/4579922556/sizes/l/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/orqwith/3590008324/sizes/l/ 15 http://www.flickr.com/photos/shellysblogger/3702544833/sizes/l/ 17 http://www.flickr.com/photos/dyanna/3386284687/sizes/l/ 19 http://www.flickr.com/photos/nomadiclass/4306536427/sizes/l/ 20 http://www.flickr.com/photos/kayveeinc/3819273254/sizes/o/ 21 http://www.flickr.com/photos/shellysblogger/3703348184/sizes/l/ 25 http://www.flickr.com/photos/nomadiclass/4402061938/sizes/l/ 26 http://www.flickr.com/photos/shellysblogger/3966757743/sizes/l/ 27 http://www.flickr.com/photos/shellysblogger/3451792148/sizes/l/ 28 http://www.flickr.com/photos/shellysblogger/3687033041/sizes/l/ 29-33 http://www.flickr.com/photos/shellysblogger/3374136018/sizes/l/in/set-72157613527056598/ 35 http://www.flickr.com/photos/thewhitestdogalive/1026293270/sizes/o/ 36 http://www.flickr.com/photos/kwl/4255628519/sizes/l/ 38 http://www.flickr.com/photos/kelvin255/3847248893/sizes/o/ 40 http://www.flickr.com/photos/kelvin255/3959026484/sizes/o/in/set-72157622015886617/