Responsibility without Power: Reflections of an IT Coordinator in Education
PPPHE Volume 10, Number 4, ISSN 1360-3108
The advances in Information Technology (IT) are resulting in greater uncertainty in business and in education not only in the development of a physical infrastructure but in the way people work and communicate. With this, it is proposed that the IT Coordinator in education is in a unique position to facilitate a more informed implementation and integration of technology to support teaching and learning. This paper is presented in four sections: first, it introduces the possible roles of an IT Coordinator; second, it summarises the theoretical literature of change theory in organisations; third, it attempts to highlight a number of implementation issues relating to the pragmatics of change within a specific educational context; and lastly, it discusses the four constructs: (1) technology; (2) innovation; (3) team; and (4) culture, which provide the foundations to relate the context and proposed strategies. Here, the author outlines the objectives of an IT Coordinator, which are divided into three areas: IT, curriculum integration, and staff development, and presents recommended strategies to be an effective IT Coordinator. (Contains 1 figure.)
Vallance, M. (2006). Responsibility without Power: Reflections of an IT Coordinator in Education. Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 10(4), 109-114.