This course on Disruptive Innovation in Technology has been such an inspiration for me as a digital educator. It’s made me realize how the technologies we use everyday have such a huge potential to be catalysts for big changes campus-wide. It’s not only inspired me but created a sense of urgency; I need to spread the word, NOW!
Harvard Business Review. (2008, Sep 8). The importance of urgency. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zD8xKv2ur_s&w=460&h=315
I have been given the task of creating an outline for the tentative plan I’ve developed for Lamar University. I recently completed a literature review of several notable reports and studies (taken over the last few years) which helped me identify trends, challenges, and technologies relevant to my institution. In addition to completing my review, I researched a few case studies on other higher education institutions that used disruptive innovation as a catalyst for change and how they began the process. After much thought and consideration upon the evidence I gathered, I was able to determine that mobile learning could most likely be the catalyst for change at Lamar, much like Abilene Christian University (ACU). Therefore, I would like to propose an initiative at Lamar which focuses on mobile learning/BYOD. Here is a rough outline of the components I believe need consideration to begin this mobile learning journey.
“Device landscape” by Jeremy Keith is licensed under CC BY 2.0
- Build my digital leadership team and devise a vision
I will share what I’ve learned with my colleagues and (hopefully!) create a sense of urgency among us. I expect to recruit them as part of my team; a team that is a driver of change, that recognizes the importance of urgency and wants to avoid complacency at all costs. We will define a clear vision of what the mobile learning initiative will entail and what we hope to accomplish for our students and faculty.
Never stop learning! It’s imperative that we keep up with the trends and changes in education and remain hyper-alert. We will initiate cross-institution collaboration, review more case studies where mobile learning is used in academics and how they have implemented BYOD at their school. We will also survey students, faculty and staff to assess needs and deficiencies regarding mobile learning. These findings are valuable and will bolster our case for this initiative. I would also like to specifically research iTunes U, how it’s been implemented in other higher education institutions and how it may be incorporated as part of our mobile learning initiative.
- Professional Development and Training
I will create new PD and training opportunities for faculty that focus on pedagogy and mobile technology; how to make mobile technology integral to curriculum with the goal of changing the fundamentals of teaching and learning. These sessions will be incorporated into our LU Online workshop schedule, which we host every semester for Lamar faculty and staff. The sessions will provide faculty with the tools to incorporate mobile technology into their classrooms. In addition, these workshops will give me the opportunity to spark creativity, awareness and openness in the minds of our faculty with regards to mobile technology and BYOD use in their classrooms.
- Collaborative Opportunities for Faculty
Collaboration is imperative to enable faculty to share ideas on how they use mobile technology in their classrooms. I would like to create a Wiki for Lamar faculty or a Professional Learning Network where faculty can share tips, tools and what’s working for them in their own classrooms with regards to mobile learning and the ways they can/do incorporate BYOD in their curriculum and activities. I plan to possibly incorporate Twitter chat sessions into our workshops/training so that we can share and collaborate further.
- Pilot Groups
I would like to possibly develop pilot groups to begin rolling out and testing the mobile learning/BYOD methods. In addition, I would like to get feedback from participants, make improvements, and further stream-line the big plan for our campus.
“the-future-next-exit” by Buck is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
Since this is purely an outline for our mobile learning initiative with BYOD, the next phases will be constructing a more detailed plan for implementation campus-wide, determining the financial requirements, and taking feedback from pilot groups and making improvements. Once a solid plan for implementation is in place and funding is approved we will continue to focus on providing faculty with the tools they need to successfully integrate mobile devices into their curriculum and classroom activities. It’s imperative that we support faculty in this endeavor in order for us to be successful and provide our students at Lamar the best mobile learning experience ever.
WOW– Putting this down on paper really puts into perspective how big of a project this will actually be. It’s going to take a lot of effort and planning to make this a successful initiative but well worth it in the end. I think once we get the ball rolling it will take on a life of it’s own. I’m sure there are lots of things I didn’t think to include in this outline but I feel it’s a fairly good start. Thank you all for reading and I hope to get a lot of constructive feedback. Looking forward to hearing from you!