Managing Technological Change: Strategies for College and University Leaders

Managing Technological Change: Strategies for College and University Leaders

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By (author) Tony Bates

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  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass Inc.,U.S.
  • Format: Hardback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 228mm x 22mm | 1,202g
  • Publication date: 22 December 1999
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0787946818
  • ISBN 13: 9780787946814
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: Ill.
  • Sales rank: 1,328,046

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"A required read for every university administrator grappling with the complexities of technology and education. Bates has combined an impressive depth of experience and practice to produce an authoritative and well-reasoned approach."--Bruce Pennycook, vice-principal, Information Systems and Technology, McGill University "Digital technologies are revolutionizing the practices of teaching and learning at colleges and universities all around the world. This book will be helpful for all those who are planning and managing such organizational and technological change on their campuses."--Timothy W. Luke, executive director, Institute for Distance and Distributed Learning, Virginia Tech Implementing new technology at a college or university requires more than simply buying new computers and establishing a Web site. The successful use of technology for teaching and learning also demands major changes in teaching and organizational culture. In Managing Technological Change, Tony Bates -- a world-renowned expert on the use of technology in university teaching -- reveals how to create the new, technologically competitive academic organization. He draws from recent research and best practice case studies--as well as on his thirty years of experience in using technology for teaching--to provide practical strategies for managing change to ensure the successful use of technology. Readers will learn how to win faculty support for teaching with technology and get advice on appropriate decision-making and reporting structures. Other topics covered include reward systems, estimating costs of teaching by technology, and copyright issues. Bates also details the essential procedures for funding new technology-based systems, managing the technology, and monitoring its ongoing educational effectiveness in anticipation of future changes. Throughout the book, he maintains a focus on the human factors that must be addressed, identifying the risks and penalties of technologically based teaching and showing how to manage those hazards.

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A.W. (TONY) BATES is director of Distance Education and Technology in the Division of Continuing Studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. He has more than thirty years of experience in applying, managing, and researching the application of technologies to higher education and is one of the world's most quoted authors in the field of distance education. A founding member of the British Open University, he has also worked as a consultant on the use of technology in university teaching for the World Bank, UNESCO, state higher education commissions in the United States, the Canadian International Development Agency, and for universities and government ministries of education in over thirty countries.

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"This timely book will certainly become a required read for every university administrator grappling with the complexities of technology and education. Tony Bates has combined an impressive depth of experience and practice to produce an authoritative and well-reasoned approach. Bravo." (Bruce Pennycook, vice-principal, Information Systems and Technology, McGill University) "Digital technologies are revolutionizing the practices of teaching and learning at colleges and universities all around the world. This book will be helpful for all those who are planning and managing such organizational and technological change on their campuses." (Timothy W. Luke, executive director, Institute for Distance and Distributed Learning, Virginia Tech) "I found myself nodding frequently while reading this book. Many 'early adopters' will identify with the arguments presented and will appreciate the extAnded discussion. Bates shares insights that could save much frustration in dealing with both the technology and the impact of technology on academia." (James B. Patton, associate professor and Haskell Power Engineering Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Maine) "This book is a must read for anyone in higher education who deals with technology, teaching, administration, or some combination of these elements. [Managing Technological Change] hits a number of nails right on their heads. It holds true to its intended audiences: administrators, academic department heads, and faculty. The messages for each are important and timely. Not only is the book well written, but it is also comprehensive in nature. It covers topics of vital concern for all who are involved in technology-enhanced or technology-based learning. In summary, this book is founded on principles. It speaks to the relevant issues. It offers numerous examples. It is well constructed and written. Hats off to Tony Bates." (Byron Burnham, International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning: 1, 2)

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Will Your Campus Culture Survive the Changes Brought by New Technology?Retrofitting a college or university to become technologically competitive requires significant changes not only in hardware and software but in the basic management and operation of the academy. Managing Technological Change is a timely, practical guide for campus leaders seeking strategies for creating the new, technology-based academic organization.

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Implementing new technology at a college or university requires more than simply buying new computers and establishing a Web site. The successful use of technology for teaching and learning also demands major changes in teaching and organizational culture. In Managing Technological Change, Tony Bates--a world-renowned expert on the use of technology in university teaching--provides practical, systematic strategies for creating the new, technologically competitive academic organization. Drawing on recent research and best practice case studies--as well as on his thirty years of experience in using technology for teaching--Bates provides a wide range of strategies for managing change to ensure the successful use of technology. He suggests strategies for winning faculty support for teaching with technology and provides advice on appropriate decision-making and reporting structures. Other topics covered include reward systems, estimating costs of teaching by technology, and copyright issues. And he details the essential procedures for funding new technology-based systems, managing the technology, and monitoring its ongoing educational effectiveness in anticipation of future changes. Throughout the book, Bates maintains a focus on the human factors that must be addressed, identifying the risks and penalties of technologically based teaching and showing how to manage those hazards. Managing Technological Change is a blueprint for creating the university or college of the future--a timely, nuts-and-bolts guide to changing strategies for the leaders of campuses undergoing technological transformation.

Table of contents

Confronting the Technology Challenge in Universities and Colleges. Leadership, Vision, and Planning in a Post-Fordist Organization. Planning and Managing Courses and Programs. Technology Infrastructure and Student Access. Supporting Faculty. Calculating the Costs of Teaching with Technology. Funding Strategies, Collaboration, and Competition. Organizing for the Management of Educational Technologies. Research and Evaluation. Avoiding the Faustian Contract and Meeting the Technology Challenge.