“A chimera of sorts”: Rethinking educational technology grant programs, courseware innovation, and the language of educational change
Computers & Education Volume 51, Number 3, ISSN 0360-1315 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
How do we know when an educational organization, process, or courseware tool is innovative? How do we define the processes that encourage change or the ways in which faculty develop new courseware innovations? The terms innovation, change, and development have been overused in so many contexts that they now seem to have lost their meanings. A review of the literature on innovation and educational change offered no agreed up definitions or models. Prior studies that have considered innovations in educational technology have focused on the innovations themselves or the potential barriers to faculty adoptions of externally developed innovations. In this study of an educational technology services program that provides competitive grants for faculty-developed technology courseware projects at a large state research university, I shifted the focus to consider: what current and future higher education faculty consider to be an innovative courseware project, and how they conceive of processes for developing such innovations. Results suggested that when it is not reduced to a rhetorical device in a marketing campaign or department instructional technology vision plan, innovation that is defined locally by a community of practice can effectively transform teaching, learning, and the organizations that support these activities.
Wolff, W.I. (2008). “A chimera of sorts”: Rethinking educational technology grant programs, courseware innovation, and the language of educational change. Computers & Education, 51(3), 1184-1197. Elsevier Ltd.