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Getting tech-resistant educators to embrace change

By Peter West
July 14th, 2015

The secret may be in organization-wide changes and lots of support.

change-tech-professorsMany millions of dollars have been wasted over the years by the well-intentioned, but ad hoc, introduction of technology into education. Eager tech-savvy professors or administrators may jump in feet first, but a significant portion of their colleagues are left struggling along or resisting the change.

The results of well-planned, long-term implementations, however, can produce momentum. When even reluctant adopters are given support, training, and time, positive changes can occur.

The diffusion of innovation

Teachers are similar to other groups in society. They follow the “Diffusion of innovation” graph as proposed by Everett Rogers. This categorizes users (professors) into innovators, early adopters, etc. (users are represented by the blue line; the yellow represents market share, which will eventually reach the saturation level).

diffusion-innovations

(Next page: Deconstructing the tech adoption process)


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