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Creating a Collaborative Culture

to support innovative online teaching and learning

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Enter room number eConnect14 True/False: My college needs to do more innovative things in online teaching and learning

Highline Community College

Midway between Seattle and Tacoma 6500 FTE, 15-17,000 headcount 40% ABE/ESL, 30% transfer, 30% Prof/Tech Most diverse college in the state

From an instructor...
Im lucky to be at an institution that lets me do what I love.

From a staff member...

Why cant I have admin access to my computer? They let me have keys to every room on this campus. Am I not trustworthy enough?

...the only thing of real importance that leaders do is to create and manage culture ... the unique talent of leaders is their ability to work with culture.

-- pg 1. Edgar H. Schein, Organizational Culture and Leadership. San Francisco, CA, USA: Jossey-Bass, 1985, 1-22.

What is culture?
Norms that evolve in working groups ... dominant values espoused by the organization... The philosophy that guides an organizations policy

IT & culture at a call center...

Limited access to workstation functions No ability to install or configure applications Browser filters Work rules prohibit non-task activities

IT and culture at a startup...

BYOD(s) Do what ya gotta do Community, community, community Creativity, problem solving, unorthodox is okay

How would you describe IT culture at your college? A) Call Center B) Startup Room: eConnect14

Those slackers teach a few hours and leave You IT people are all control freaks You probably wont let me Academic freedom my $%&, you just want to Facebook with your drinking buddies.

Social Media?

A visit to Mule Design

What policies or practices on your campus promote experimentation with learning and technology? Room: eConnect14

Excel Is Fun!

Faculty in Residence
release time Faculty member is both tech leader and respected as a teacher Role is to evangelize and support learning through technology

Mobile Learning FLC

Small group of faculty and IT staff, meet twice a month Small grant buys food, pilot hardware and software

What activities on your campus promote experimentation with learning and technology? Room: eConnect14

Its about balance

Photo by navonod CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Its our policy

If youre saying no because thats our policy youre saying no for all the wrong reasons.

Lets talk about empathy

Noun: 1) the intellectual identification with or vicarious experiencing of the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of another. -

What do you want your college to be?

What can you do to make a more innovative culture on your campus? Room: eConnect14

Tim Wrye,, @twrye Marc Lentini,, @malapertmarc Presentation: Socrative Log: