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Developing an E-Learning Research Culture in a Polytechnic Teaching Institution

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Presentation made to the EDEN Research Workshop, Barcelona, October 2006

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Developing an E-Learning Research Culture in a Polytechnic Teaching Institution

  1. 1. Developing an E-Learning Research Culture in a Polytechnic Teaching Institution
  2. 2. Authors <ul><li>Mark Bullen </li></ul><ul><li>Maggie Beers </li></ul><ul><li>Karen Belfer </li></ul><ul><li>Jan Soer </li></ul><ul><li>Valia Spiliotopoulos </li></ul><ul><li>British Columbia Institute of Technology - Learning & Teaching Centre </li></ul>
  3. 3. TEK Initiative <ul><li>Technology Enabled Knowledge (TEK) goals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To increase collaboration and connectivity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To develop “smart” learning spaces </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To implement best teaching practices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To advance the applied research agenda of the Institute </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. E-Learning Research Agenda <ul><li>Background </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning & Teaching Centre </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research Committee </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>November 2005 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Theme: “diffusion of innovation” </li></ul><ul><li>Rogers (2003); Fullan (1991); McLaughlin, Rosen, Skinner & Webster, A. (1999) </li></ul><ul><li>Organizational, institutional and individual issues </li></ul><ul><li>How have TEK educational innovations diffused across the institution? </li></ul><ul><li>Action Research </li></ul>
  5. 5. Issues <ul><li>Strong senior level support </li></ul><ul><li>Applied research is an institutional priority </li></ul><ul><li>Learning & Teaching Centre well positioned </li></ul><ul><li>…… but </li></ul>
  6. 6. Issues <ul><li>Teaching faculty lack research background, skills, interest </li></ul><ul><li>Collective agreements </li></ul><ul><li>Workload </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty motivation </li></ul><ul><li>Institutional funding model </li></ul><ul><li>Research funding from granting agencies </li></ul>
  7. 7. References <ul><li>Fullan, M.G. (1991). The New Meaning of Educational Change . New York: Teachers College Press. </li></ul><ul><li>McLaughlin, J., Rosen, P. Skinner, D. & Webster, A. (1999). Valuing Technology: Organisations, Culture and Change . London: Routledge. </li></ul><ul><li>Rogers, E. (2003). Diffusion of Innovations (5 th Edition). New York: Free Press </li></ul>
  8. 8. For Further Information <ul><li>Mark Bullen </li></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://homepage.mac.com/markbullen/bcit </li></ul></ul><ul><li>BCIT </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.bcit.ca/ltc </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.bcit.ca/tek </li></ul></ul>

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