IBLC11-Abstract-Sustaining and embedding innovations to achieve institutional enhancement in learning and teaching.
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16 May 2011
Author: Prof Peter Chatterton
A changing economic/funding climate will require HE institutions to fully exploit investment of time/resources in innovation projects, through e.g. collaboration, capacity-building, institutional embedding/enhancement. Furthermore, agencies such as JISC/HE Academy increasingly focus on return on investments and realising benefits for the sector from funded innovation programmes, requiring institutions to plan for sustaining and embedding at local, institutional and sector levels.
JISC has supported the development of a good practice guide for sustaining/embedding innovations (http://www.jisc.ac.uk/sustainabilitytoolkit) with a primary focus on institutional enhancement. This has drawn lessons learnt from a range of programmes e.g. JISC Curriculum Design/Delivery (http://www.jiscinfonet.ac.uk/curriculum) and OER (http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/programmes/elearning/oer.aspx). It focuses on six key areas:
- Changing people and culture
- Embedding or aligning with strategies, processes, systems, initiatives and services
- Creating tools and resources (as part of project outputs) to meet stakeholder needs
- Creating appropriate organisational structures
- Becoming more business-like and entrepreneurial
- Open approaches
The workshop will begin with a short overview of the key success factors (in each of the areas of focus above) for sustaining and embedding projects. It will then split into sub-groups, each focusing on a specific innovation project case-study and how the project approached sustainability and institutional embedding/enhancement. The sub groups will provide participants with an opportunity to learn more about the projects and their relevance to their own institutions and each will be tasked to draw out the “enablers” and barriers” for achieving institutional enhancement.
The innovation projects are drawn from the JISC Curriculum Design/Delivery programme:
- University of Oxford - CASCADE project.
- Birmingham City University – T-SPARC project.
- Open University - Learning Design Initiative (OULDI).
- University of Hertfordshire - ESCAPE project.
- University of Ulster - Viewpoints project.
In the final part of the workshop each sub-group will report back a summary of the enablers and barriers which will be used to update the Good Practice Guide.
Keywords: Innovation; project embedding; sustainability.