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CNIE-RCIE: Banff Conference 2008 Managing E-Learning Implementation: What Do Real Leaders Do?  Randy LaBonte 604-983-0636 ...
Professionally speaking... <ul><li>I believe that technology: </li></ul><ul><li>Changes the way we work </li></ul><ul><li>...
Leadership & Technology <ul><li>My thinking has been influenced by: </li></ul><ul><li>Doctoral research on leadership in K...
Is it about Technology? <ul><li>If technology is the answer, what is the question?  </li></ul><ul><li>The paradox of techn...
It’s About Pedagogy… <ul><li>Technology is often viewed as pedagogically neutral (Moll, 2001) </li></ul><ul><li>Yet the  o...
Technology & Education <ul><li>The question is not “if” technology will impact our educational system and student learning...
April 20, 2006 MANAGING E-LEARNING IMPLEMENTATION: What Do Real Leaders Do?   Technological revolution inevitably must be ...
Leadership & Technology <ul><li>New  research on leadership and implementation of educational technologies recognizes the ...
The Research Or once upon a time there was no BCEd Online or AOC, oh… now there isn’t again – Why?
The Context <ul><li>The last decade has seen policy changes that allow any school board in BC to offer a distributed learn...
Change Events <ul><li>March 2002 – Lifting of cap on DE programs </li></ul><ul><li>February 2003 – DE Visioning Session </...
Research Focus MANAGING E-LEARNING IMPLEMENTATION: What Do Real Leaders Do?   April 2008
Theoretical Underpinnings <ul><li>Transformational  Leadership Theory  (Burns; Bass; Leithwood, et al) </li></ul><ul><li>S...
Leadership Characteristics <ul><li>Leaders could be characterized  as: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Having a desire to learn, see...
Leadership & Preparation: ELR <ul><li>Critical to successful implementation was adequate teacher preparation </li></ul><ul...
In Short... MANAGING E-LEARNING IMPLEMENTATION: What Do Real Leaders Do?   Research reaffirms the critical role of a leade...
What Change Means MANAGING E-LEARNING IMPLEMENTATION: What Do Real Leaders Do?   April 2008
MANAGING E-LEARNING IMPLEMENTATION: What Do Real Leaders Do?   Leadership, Technology & Change <ul><li>So, what do real le...
Four Insights <ul><li>Leaders within the BC e‑learning community believe educational technologies to be a catalyst for cha...
Four Insights <ul><li>Leadership practice within the BC e‑learning community can be described as transformational (ala Lei...
Transformational Leaders <ul><ul><li>Set Directions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Vision ( Charisma inspirational motivat...
Four Insights <ul><li>4.  The present tension between top down and bottom up transformational leadership approaches can be...
Why the tension? <ul><li>(or what happened to AOC & BCEd Online?) </li></ul><ul><li>In complex systems transformational le...
Research: The Critical Steps <ul><li>In establishing a successful e-learning </li></ul><ul><li>program, “real leaders” ens...
Thomas Creighton, 2003 <ul><li>What is exciting and encouraging [is that] with appropriate instructional leadership by pri...
A thought to leave you with… <ul><li>Technology is powerful, but only in the service of a powerful conception. </li></ul><...
CNIE-RCIE: Banff Conference 2008 <ul><li>Managing E-Learning Implementation: What Do Real Leaders Do?  </li></ul><ul><li>R...
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CNIE: Managing K-12 E Learning Implementation: What Do Real Leaders Do?

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Presentation April 30, 2008 at the CNIE 2008 Banff Conference

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CNIE: Managing K-12 E Learning Implementation: What Do Real Leaders Do?

  1. 1. CNIE-RCIE: Banff Conference 2008 Managing E-Learning Implementation: What Do Real Leaders Do? Randy LaBonte 604-983-0636 [email_address]
  2. 2. Professionally speaking... <ul><li>I believe that technology: </li></ul><ul><li>Changes the way we work </li></ul><ul><li>Requires the learning of new skill sets </li></ul><ul><li>Causes changes in organizational structures </li></ul><ul><li>Shifts control of learning to the individual </li></ul><ul><li>Alters education from knowledge transfer to the process of knowledge attainment (Learning to learn, not learning to know) </li></ul><ul><li>Can be a catalyst to change pedagogy </li></ul>April 2008 MANAGING E-LEARNING IMPLEMENTATION: What Do Real Leaders Do?
  3. 3. Leadership & Technology <ul><li>My thinking has been influenced by: </li></ul><ul><li>Doctoral research on leadership in K-12 in technology-enhanced learning situations </li></ul><ul><li>Consulting work with the BC Ministry of Education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Facilitation of standards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Follow up research on technology grants </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Policy and practice consultation with DL schools </li></ul></ul>MANAGING E-LEARNING IMPLEMENTATION: What Do Real Leaders Do? April 2008
  4. 4. Is it about Technology? <ul><li>If technology is the answer, what is the question? </li></ul><ul><li>The paradox of technology enhanced education is that technology changes very rapidly and human beings very slowly. </li></ul><ul><li>It would seem to make sense for proponents of e‑learning to begin with the students. </li></ul><ul><li>Bates & Poole, 2003, p. xiii </li></ul>MANAGING E-LEARNING IMPLEMENTATION: What Do Real Leaders Do? April 2008
  5. 5. It’s About Pedagogy… <ul><li>Technology is often viewed as pedagogically neutral (Moll, 2001) </li></ul><ul><li>Yet the organization of learning and engagement of learners through educational technology is essential to pedagogy (Bednar, Cunningham, Duffy, & Perry, 1992; Gayol & Schied, 1997) </li></ul>MANAGING E-LEARNING IMPLEMENTATION: What Do Real Leaders Do? April 2008
  6. 6. Technology & Education <ul><li>The question is not “if” technology will impact our educational system and student learning, but rather how we can most effectively utilize technology as an instructional tool to improve student learning”. </li></ul><ul><li>Hughs & Zacariah, 2001, ¶ 20 </li></ul>MANAGING E-LEARNING IMPLEMENTATION: What Do Real Leaders Do? April 2008
  7. 7. April 20, 2006 MANAGING E-LEARNING IMPLEMENTATION: What Do Real Leaders Do? Technological revolution inevitably must be matched by a political revolution: The very power of modern technology to liberate learning leaves no role for the sprawling empire of academic bureaucracy but self-serving protectionism. At its root, this technological revolution puts learning and education on a collision course. (Perelman, 1992, p. 23)
  8. 8. Leadership & Technology <ul><li>New research on leadership and implementation of educational technologies recognizes the key role leaders play in successful use of educational technologies in schools (Davidson, 2003; Foster & St. Hilaire, 2003; Creighton, 2003) </li></ul>MANAGING E-LEARNING IMPLEMENTATION: What Do Real Leaders Do? April 2008
  9. 9. The Research Or once upon a time there was no BCEd Online or AOC, oh… now there isn’t again – Why?
  10. 10. The Context <ul><li>The last decade has seen policy changes that allow any school board in BC to offer a distributed learning program. </li></ul><ul><li>These policy changes have resulted in annual growth in the number of school boards delivering DL . </li></ul><ul><li>That growth has led to competition and confusion. </li></ul>MANAGING E-LEARNING IMPLEMENTATION: What Do Real Leaders Do? April 2008
  11. 11. Change Events <ul><li>March 2002 – Lifting of cap on DE programs </li></ul><ul><li>February 2003 – DE Visioning Session </li></ul><ul><li>Spring 2003 – BC Ed Online initiated </li></ul><ul><li>February 2004 – PTC eLearning Roundtable </li></ul><ul><li>Spring 2004 – Ministry Program Audits </li></ul><ul><li>July 2004 – Ministry DE Policy revised </li></ul><ul><li>May 2006 – DL standards established </li></ul><ul><li>DL enshrined in legislation </li></ul>MANAGING E-LEARNING IMPLEMENTATION: What Do Real Leaders Do? April 2008
  12. 12. Research Focus MANAGING E-LEARNING IMPLEMENTATION: What Do Real Leaders Do? April 2008
  13. 13. Theoretical Underpinnings <ul><li>Transformational Leadership Theory (Burns; Bass; Leithwood, et al) </li></ul><ul><li>Systems Theory ( von Bertalanffy; Senge; Wheatley; Fullan) </li></ul><ul><li>Complexity Theory (Bar Yam; Dooley; Waldorp; Cowan): </li></ul><ul><li>Offered better insight into fundamental assumptions about change, control, order, organizations, and people, and </li></ul><ul><li>Provided a more useful base from which to examine leadership and e‑learning program adoption </li></ul>MANAGING E-LEARNING IMPLEMENTATION: What Do Real Leaders Do? April 2008
  14. 14. Leadership Characteristics <ul><li>Leaders could be characterized as: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Having a desire to learn, seek challenges, take risks, and to improve learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The leaders had a clear vision, were highly motivated and hard working – finding it difficult to say ‘no’ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Leaders were: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Focused on learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clear and consistent communicators </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focused on strategic goals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Passionate about what they did </li></ul></ul>MANAGING E-LEARNING IMPLEMENTATION: What Do Real Leaders Do? April 2008
  15. 15. Leadership & Preparation: ELR <ul><li>Critical to successful implementation was adequate teacher preparation </li></ul><ul><li>Project leaders played key roles in systemic change for implementation of new technology and instructional approaches </li></ul><ul><li>Successful projects had a shared, clear vision, collaborative leadership, and strategic systems thinking approach </li></ul>MANAGING E-LEARNING IMPLEMENTATION: What Do Real Leaders Do? April 2008
  16. 16. In Short... MANAGING E-LEARNING IMPLEMENTATION: What Do Real Leaders Do? Research reaffirms the critical role of a leader in systemic change and confirms that without a clear vision, collaborative or shared leadership, and a systems approach, organizations could commit precious resources to e-learning without much success or change . April 2008
  17. 17. What Change Means MANAGING E-LEARNING IMPLEMENTATION: What Do Real Leaders Do? April 2008
  18. 18. MANAGING E-LEARNING IMPLEMENTATION: What Do Real Leaders Do? Leadership, Technology & Change <ul><li>So, what do real leaders do?? </li></ul>April 2008
  19. 19. Four Insights <ul><li>Leaders within the BC e‑learning community believe educational technologies to be a catalyst for changing how learning is organized and supported </li></ul><ul><li>Policy is of key influence in education, and in some instances precedes change and reform </li></ul>MANAGING E-LEARNING IMPLEMENTATION: What Do Real Leaders Do? April 2008
  20. 20. Four Insights <ul><li>Leadership practice within the BC e‑learning community can be described as transformational (ala Leithwood, et al) </li></ul>MANAGING E-LEARNING IMPLEMENTATION: What Do Real Leaders Do? April 2008
  21. 21. Transformational Leaders <ul><ul><li>Set Directions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Vision ( Charisma inspirational motivation) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Group goals </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>High Performance Expectations </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Help People </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Individualized consideration/support </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Intellectual stimulation </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Modeling ( idealized influence – attributed and behaviour) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Redesign the Organization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Collaborative cultures </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Structures to foster collaboration </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Building productive relations with parents and the community Leithwood & Jantzi, 2005, p. 8 </li></ul></ul></ul>MANAGING E-LEARNING IMPLEMENTATION: What Do Real Leaders Do? April 2008
  22. 22. Four Insights <ul><li>4. The present tension between top down and bottom up transformational leadership approaches can be attributed to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of resources provided to support change </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of transactional leadership behaviours </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adaptation of complex systems </li></ul></ul>MANAGING E-LEARNING IMPLEMENTATION: What Do Real Leaders Do? April 2008
  23. 23. Why the tension? <ul><li>(or what happened to AOC & BCEd Online?) </li></ul><ul><li>In complex systems transformational leadership can be top-down & bottom-up (Silins & Mulford, 2002) </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership vs. followership </li></ul><ul><li>Discrepancy between centralized vs. decentralized control of change process </li></ul><ul><li>Leaders underestimate influence of organizational learning at district levels (Leithwood, et al.1995) </li></ul>MANAGING E-LEARNING IMPLEMENTATION: What Do Real Leaders Do? April 2008
  24. 24. Research: The Critical Steps <ul><li>In establishing a successful e-learning </li></ul><ul><li>program, “real leaders” ensure: </li></ul><ul><li>Development of a shared vision/mission </li></ul><ul><li>Establishment of a collaborative culture </li></ul><ul><li>Structured involvement of key staff and stakeholders </li></ul><ul><li>Strategies for support of all involved </li></ul><ul><li>Enabling policy from central authorities </li></ul><ul><li>Adequate resources to support the change </li></ul>MANAGING E-LEARNING IMPLEMENTATION: What Do Real Leaders Do? April 2008
  25. 25. Thomas Creighton, 2003 <ul><li>What is exciting and encouraging [is that] with appropriate instructional leadership by principals, technology can be an effective catalyst for educational reform. </li></ul>MANAGING E-LEARNING IMPLEMENTATION: What Do Real Leaders Do? April 2008
  26. 26. A thought to leave you with… <ul><li>Technology is powerful, but only in the service of a powerful conception. </li></ul><ul><li>Michael Fullan (2003, 86) </li></ul>MANAGING E-LEARNING IMPLEMENTATION: What Do Real Leaders Do? April 2008
  27. 27. CNIE-RCIE: Banff Conference 2008 <ul><li>Managing E-Learning Implementation: What Do Real Leaders Do? </li></ul><ul><li>Randy LaBonte </li></ul><ul><li>604-983-0636 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>MANAGING E-LEARNING IMPLEMENTATION: What Do Real Leaders Do? April 2008

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