This presentation focusses on the challenges and successes of professional service departments, working together on a key institutional project, in order to implement change and innovation, within large scale cross institutional and Learning Spaces projects.
“Such developments (..) are complex projects that tend to happen infrequently and represent a substantial financial investment with a significant lifespan. No one professional group has enough knowledge to make the best decisions alone.” UCISA Toolkit.
The Designing Active Learning Initiative (DALI) project, is now in its third year at City, University of London – the project aims to upgrade the education technology equipment in our 200 (+) Learning Spaces over a six year period.
This presentation describes how the project persuaded the sometimes disparate aims and worlds of IT, Estates and Educational Technology to cohere and collaborate, via the gradual process of scaling up from a small start, evolving the project methodology and deployment in line with the expansion of the project, year on year.
In some cases this highlighted the lack of perfection in internal, and external systems and processes. However the lack of a fully mapped system should not prevent movement forward: Sometimes you have to make a start, expose the flaws, and move on – the idea grows, and you figure out how to make it more successful each time (Oblinger, 2015)
By creating change, spearheaded by energetic and enthusiastic leadership, you can flex to fix these issues via the project itself – and generate a more efficient process legacy for institutional Learning Spaces.
The natural evolution of the project through collaboration and evaluation, via project control measures, such as Lessons Learned and approaching the project from another service’s perspective are excellent tools for driving change, and scaling up.
Session content: evaluation and reflection
This is based on an existing project within learning spaces which has moved from a technical test phase to being deployed in all Learning Spaces across City, University of London.
The presentation will contain reflections on the success of the collaborative aspect of the project, including perspectives of others who worked on the project including Information Technology and Estates.
Author: Diana Oblinger
Year Published: 2015
Blog Name: Educause Review, “Don’t be afraid to Get it Wrong on the Way to Getting it Right”
Post Date:11th May 2015
Date Accessed: 25th March 2018
Year Published: 2016
Title: The UK Higher Education Learning Space Toolkit: a SCHOMS, AUDE and UCISA collaboration.
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