Leadership for Learning Technologies: A Case Study of the University of Washington
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This qualitative study investigates the institutional support system for the integration and effective use of technology in teaching and learning at the University of Washington (UW) in the US. In particular regards to the UW’s recent initiatives for innovative teaching and learning, this research aims to understand how the UW central administrative leadership has created the system of support for the integration and effective use of learning technologies in order to successfully improve teaching and learning practice. Through a series of in-depth interviews with four staffs from the administrative leadership, this study reveals that the leaders shared the clear visions for innovative teaching practice with technologies, provided special supports for faculty learning and rewards, and constantly evaluated the implementation of the support system through various sources. This finding implies (1) the UW administrative leadership believes technology comes after pedagogy; (2) how faculty learning must be at the center of the support system; (3) the role of rewards in motivating and supporting faculty; (4) the kinds of collaboration between the leadership, which seem to be helpful in making the support system effective.
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