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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.

(Our Sakai story as told through Ugly Dolls.)

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Make Your Pilot a Purple Cow: Something Worth Talking About

  1. 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. 2. Today • Share experiences & lessons learned • Provide resources • Seek your collective wisdom & advice
  3. 3. The premise of this presentation is that conducting a pilot (“change effort”) gives you a green light to do things differently!
  4. 4. Let’s face it, no one loves the LMS like you do. They have other things on their minds...
  5. 5. This is our story. We are one institution among many but our lessons learned can apply to change efforts generally.
  6. 6. Our story is full of excitement and drama!
  7. 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. 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. 9. Fall 2008 Spring 2009
  10. 10. 3 These are our 3 core values and lessons learned.
  11. 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. 12. Our blog is living documentation of our pilot.
  13. 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. 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. 15. 2. get help
  16. 16. We were three. We knew we’d have to rely on others if the pilot was to have any chance at success.
  17. 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. 18. Vendor ITS Help Unexpected benefit? We all gained Sakai support expertise: our team, Sakai Action Group, Tier 1 support, and even faculty!
  19. 19. Current stats 4,000 4000 3000 2000 1000 400 0 F ‘08 S ’09 F ’09 S ’10
  20. 20. LESSON LEARNED: Plan for success and consider ways to scale support processes gracefully.
  21. 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. 22. Target the change lovers.
  23. 23. Give them a shared way to communicate.
  24. 24. Use social media.
  25. 25. Text
  26. 26. LESSON LEARNED: Change happens one person at a time.
  27. 27. Give things away.
  28. 28. Google: “bfree UNC”
  29. 29. Be active in the Sakai community!
  30. 30. What purple things have you done? What should we do next?
  31. 31. Have fun!
  32. 32. kimeke (twitter, linkedin, slideshare)
  33. 33. credits creative commons photos from flickr search tool @ Slide # Attribution 3-8 4 5 6 9 10 13 15 17 19 20 21 25 26 27 28 29-33 35 36 38 40