LRT talks JISC Experts 20110505

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Contains some personal reflections on how my university has responded to opportunities and challenges presented by emerging technologies, and the fundamental issues to be dealt with

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LRT talks JISC Experts 20110505

  1. 1. Wednesday, May 04, 2011<br />1<br />JISC Experts: Emerging TechnologiesMay 2011<br />Professor Mark Stubbs<br />Head of Learning & Research Technologies<br />m.stubbs@mmu.ac.uk | http://twitter.com/thestubbs<br />EQAL Strand 3 Briefing2010-07-23<br />
  2. 2. Emerging technologies<br />Challenges<br />Picking winners<br />Jumping on the bandwagon at the right time<br />Market/crowd dynamics: fashion, fads + price sensitivities<br />Getting critical mass across Moore’s chasm<br />Opportunities<br />Better engaged learners?<br />Better prepared learners?<br />Exploit innovations beyond limited edtech market?<br />
  3. 3. How we’re responding<br />User perspective<br />talking to users: devices/prefs surveys, follow-up focus groups …<br />Support perspective<br />managing expectations in terms of: provided, arranged, recommended, recognised technologies<br />Structural perspective<br />creative tension between distinct units: ops + innovation<br />Systems perspective<br />consistent tagging for service-oriented integration of in-house+cloud<br />appropriating mass-market solutions as edtech(iTunes, Live@Edu..)<br />Risk/cost perspective<br />shared services partnerships(VLE, mobile, resource lists..) <br />pursuing funding for open innovation (JISC “deal”)<br />
  4. 4. Dealing with emergence in our LT review<br />4<br />Scenarios & focus group work led us to conclude that we needed to be alive to emergence…<br />Learning technologies not isolated :interaction with personal and administrative systems and underlying infrastructure are major determinants of the quality of the overall experience<br />Arranged: we set up & train staff to useRecommended: staff set up & we train to integrate<br />Recognised: watch & learn how staff use them<br />
  5. 5. Fundamental issues<br />Dealing with complexity<br />Understanding processes producing emergent phenomena<br />Finding network of stakeholders with insight and influence<br />Establishing “creative dialogue”<br />Finding a common language to share diverse perspectives<br />Appreciating significance of “black-boxing” technologies<br />… and doing this with finite resources means choosing!<br />Clear strategic priorities help<br />Boundary scanning / intelligence helps<br />Learning to network and networking to learn<br />

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