Seeking Evidence of Effectiveness and Making Technology Approachable
Universities face a situation of rapidly evolving, readily available, disruptive, and potentially transformative learning technologies. It can be challenging to conduct nimble evaluations of these technologies within the context of multiple stakeholder needs. We will explore the applicability of various models proposed by innovation scholars to evaluate the adoption and diffusion of new learning technologies and will propose an emerging rubric based on this literature. We will present the results of applying this rubric to several new technologies recently adopted by our institution and the lessons learned in this process.
OUTCOMES: Apply the strategies presented to evaluate technology-based instructional innovations * Identify the benefits of implementing the rubric * Explore the use of the rubric for forecasting
LearnFirst: Making Emerging Technology Approachable
Innovation doesn't happen by accident. Making informed decisions about when and how to implement the "next big thing" in educational technology requires approaching "all the little things" strategically, with a careful eye and a thoughtful perspective. By placing small bets and evaluating a wide variety of new technologies quickly and methodically, we can create new opportunities to improve teaching and learning while opening new opportunities for discussion and collaboration with our partners throughout the university community. We are Penn State's LearnFirst initiative—join us to experience our process for intentional innovation.
OUTCOMES: Understand the value behind dedicating resources to evaluating emerging technology * Get hands-on experience with new technologies and practice evaluation skills * Understand how evaluation and dissemination can create new opportunities for faculty engagement
Executive Director, Learning Experience, Arizona State University
Lisa BurkeDirector of STELAR (St. Thomas E-learning and Research), Minneapolis campus, University of St. Thomas
Ed ClarkCIO and Chief Digital Officer, University of St. Thomas
John KinsellaInstructional Systems Consultant, University of St. Thomas
Chris StubbsManager, Emerging Technology and Media, The Pennsylvania State University