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ERIC Number: EJ1107809
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-2157-622X
Evaluating Processes and Platforms for Potential ePortfolio Use: The Role of the Middle Agent
Slade, Christine; Murfin, Keith; Readman, Kylie
International Journal of ePortfolio, v3 n2 p177-188 2013
With the changing face of higher education comes a demand to include new technological tools. Universities need to build their capacity to respond to new technology-related challenges. The introduction of ePortfolios is a significant strategy in this response. A number of organizational change management models are used to analyze the incorporation of new technologies, such as ePortfolios, into university culture, including Kotter's Model of Change, the LASO Model, and the middle-out approach. This article offers a case study of using a middle-out approach to technology adoption in the context of change management. It argues that such an approach provides links between university faculty values and upper institutional management decision-making that results in a positive and collegial transition to introducing ePortfolios. This study used a staged methodological process, based on faculty and professional staff feedback, literature in the field, benchmarking with similar universities, and external reports of best practices to develop functional criteria customized to the institution's context, an analysis of available and appropriate ePortfolio software, and finally, recommendations to the institution's decision-makers. The distinction is made throughout the article between faculty, who are staff members with teaching and research responsibilities, and professional staff, who provide a range of support to faculty, including teaching support and technical services. Where a particular sub-group is identified, they are named in terms of their primary function. Findings reflect the importance of the individual context and available resources of the institution when assessing new technology implementation and the value of the middle-agent role in facilitating a seamless shift towards change inclusive of both "top" and "bottom" stakeholder groups.
Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Georgia. North Instructional Plaza, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602. e-mail: ijep@vt.edu; Web site: http://www.theijep.com
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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