Developing an E-Learning Research Culture in a Polytechnic Teaching Institution

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Presentation made to the EDEN Research Workshop, Barcelona, October 2006

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  • 1. Developing an E-Learning Research Culture in a Polytechnic Teaching Institution

2. Authors

  • Mark Bullen
  • Maggie Beers
  • Karen Belfer
  • Jan Soer
  • Valia Spiliotopoulos
  • British Columbia Institute of Technology - Learning & Teaching Centre

3. TEK Initiative

  • Technology Enabled Knowledge (TEK) goals
    • To increase collaboration and connectivity
    • To develop smart learning spaces
    • To implement best teaching practices
    • To advance the applied research agenda of the Institute

4. E-Learning Research Agenda

  • Background
    • Learning & Teaching Centre
    • Research Committee
    • November 2005
  • Theme: diffusion of innovation
  • Rogers (2003); Fullan (1991);McLaughlin, Rosen, Skinner & Webster, A. (1999)
  • Organizational, institutional and individual issues
  • How have TEK educational innovations diffused across the institution?
  • Action Research

5. Issues

  • Strong senior level support
  • Applied research is an institutional priority
  • Learning & Teaching Centre well positioned
  • but

6. Issues

  • Teaching faculty lack research background, skills, interest
  • Collective agreements
  • Workload
  • Faculty motivation
  • Institutional funding model
  • Research funding from granting agencies

7. References

  • Fullan, M.G. (1991).The New Meaning of Educational Change . New York: Teachers College Press.
  • McLaughlin, J., Rosen, P. Skinner, D.& Webster, A. (1999).Valuing Technology: Organisations, Culture and Change . London: Routledge.
  • Rogers, E. (2003).Diffusion of Innovations(5 thEdition). New York: Free Press

8. For Further Information

  • Mark Bullen
    • [email_address]
    • http://homepage.mac.com/markbullen/bcit
  • BCIT
    • http://www.bcit.ca/ltc
    • http://www.bcit.ca/tek