The Eye of the Needle: New Understandings of the Complex Barriers to Instructional Innovation with Technology - Sponsored by CloudEnablers

Tuesday, January 30 | 11:45AM–12:30PM CT | Grand Ballroom - Acadia, Third Floor
Session Type: Featured Session
Delivery Format: Featured Session
Educational technologies must "pass" a staggering number of litmus tests in order to be received favorably and used effectively by faculty. Why is it so hard to integrate new educational technologies into postsecondary education? Is there a recipe for success? Research at Carnegie Mellon University takes an anthropological approach to understanding the roadblocks and affordances to the effective implementation of educational technologies. We will discuss results of this research, as well as ways to support faculty, students, and institutions striving to adopt evidence-based instructional tools and practices.

Outcomes: Learn about new research on the development and implementation of evidence-based educational technologies and practices * Engage in discussion about ways to support innovation, particularly around faculty development and institutional policy * Understand the ways that institutional structures and policies intersect to complicate the broad adoption of evidence-based tools and practices


  • Lauren Herckis

    Simon Initiative Research Faculty, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Joel Smith

    Distinguished Service Professor, Philosophy, Carnegie Mellon University

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  • Smith Herckis CMU Eye of the Needle

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