Week 5 Leadership, Management & Keeping on Track

The success of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) projects – whether championed in the classroom by a lone enthusiast or implemented across an entire school, college or university – is often difficult to predict. Variables such as leadership support and understanding, the suitability and robustness of novel technologies, staff IT literacy and organisational appetite for change can all contribute to the probability of short- and long-term success. Hence even with proper planning and careful consideration of variables that might affect project success, the unexpected can and often does happen.
This week will focus on the importance of planning the implementation of your TEL project, the role of leadership and the consideration of institutional versus externally-sourced solutions. In the context of this module, a project could be the implementation of an online course, or an institution-wide review, or a rollout of a new TEL system.

This week’s aims

We aim to help you tackle:

 how to identify issues that might adversely affect your TEL project;
 what steps to take to ensure your TEL project achieves its full potential.
And here are the learning outcomes we hope you will get out of it:
 understand the importance of planning through the integration of the elements of learning design, assessment, technology and support;
 be able to outline a coherent and practical plan including these elements and critique other plans;
 be able to identify common reasons why TEL projects fail and how to mitigate failure;
 appreciate how good leadership can enhance TEL experiences and outcomes.

Resources and more to watch, read and research

The Jisc Project Management Infokit has extensive and relevant coverage of how to manage projects, including tips for planning, risk management and communication. (http://www.jiscinfonet.ac.uk/infokits/project-management/)

The following case studies may also be useful:

Example of how the Bloomsbury Media Cloud project changed direction due to external factors changing the plan (http://www.jiscinfonet.ac.uk/infokits/project-management/)
Plan to Learn: Case Studies in eLearning Project Management – Edited by Beverley Pasian and Gary Woodill (http://www.academia.edu/651322/Plan_to_Learn_Case_studies_in_eLearning_Project_Management)
UCISA Engaging Hearts and Minds – Engaging with academics in the use of technology enhanced learning (http://www.ucisa.ac.uk/~/media/Files/publications/case_studies/SSGASG_Engaging)

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