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IBLC11-Abstract-Sustaining and embedding innovations to achieve institutional enhancement in learning and teaching.

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Nannayi Dakat
16 May 2011

Author: Prof Peter Chatterton

Abstract:

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.

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University of Oxford - CASCADE project

University of Oxford - CASCADE project

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Open University OULDI Project

Open University OULDI Project

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University of Ulster Viewpoints project

University of Ulster Viewpoints project

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Birmingham City University T-SPARC project

Birmingham City University T-SPARC project

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University of Hertfordshire ESCAPE project

University of Hertfordshire ESCAPE project

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Peter Chatterton
3:48pm 1 June 2011 (Edited 3:53pm 1 June 2011)


If you are planning to attend this workshop, you will find it helpful to familiarise yourself with the JISC Sustaining & Embedding Innovations - Good Practice Guide as well as details of the projects which are contributing towards the workshop - see the posters above.

These projects were funded within the JISC Transforming Curriculum Delivery through Technology programme and Institutional Approaches to Curriculum Design programme and the lessons learnt from these projects (together with lessons learnt from other JISC-funded projects and programmes) have been distilled into the Good Practice Guide.

The Guide is based around the following framework:

Before the workshop, we very much welcome your contributions in this Cloudworks site of what "enablers" and "barriers" you have experienced in each of the above areas.

Peter R Bullen
8:40am 6 June 2011


As far as I am aware all of the projects involve trying to "change (influence) people and culture". My experience in academe is that this is something that we find difficult as none of us want to prescribe change but all (most) of us feel that significant change in teaching and learning is needed. Successful approaches to change are based around  inclusivity - involving the stakeholders in understanding the reasons and need for change and in implementing the changes that are relevant to them. There are many examples of successful initiatives based on this approach. However there are still a large number of stakeholders who do not particpate in these initiatives and are reluctant to change and there is a strong feeling in many institutions that they need to be 'forced' to change. It would be interesting to hear if anyone has any positive experiences of 'forcing change' to people and culture.

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