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ERIC Number: EJ845931
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1065-0741
Accommodating the Newfound Strategic Importance of Educational Technologists within Higher Education: A Critical Literature Review
Shurville, Simon; Browne, Tom; Whitaker, Marian
Campus-Wide Information Systems, v26 n3 p201-231 2009
Purpose: Educational technologists make significant contributions to the development, organisational embedding and service provision of technology-enhanced learning (TEL) environments, which are key enablers for mass access to flexible higher education (HE). Given the increasing centrality of this role, it is advocated that institutions investigate sustainable career structures for educational technologists. This paper aims to address these issues. Design/methodology/approach: The arguments are evidence-driven by the small body of research literature describing the role of educational technologists and contextualized by the experiences as academics and leaders of TEL projects in HE, including managing educational technologists. Findings: The roles of educational technologists are very diverse, requiring competencies in educational leadership, both management and technical. Their career paths, backgrounds, legitimate powers and organisational locations exhibit considerable variation. Research limitations/implications: University leaders require evidence to formulate appropriate human resource strategies and performance management strategies for educational technologists. Further empirical research to analyze current issues and future trajectories relating to their aspirations, career structures, legitimate power, management and organisational contexts is proposed. Originality/value: Given the strategic importance of educational technologists to information and communications technology-driven transformation, university leaders will require evidence to formulate appropriate human resource and performance management strategies for these key academic-related/professional staff. This paper brings together relevant literature for the first time, generates recommendations for further research and policy discussion. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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