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|Title:||Accommodating the newfound strategic importance of educational technologists within higher education: A critical literature review|
|Author(s):||Simon Shurville, (School of Computer and Information Science, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia), Tom Browne, (Education Enhancement Unit, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK), Marian Whitaker, (Flinders Business School, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia)|
|Citation:||Simon Shurville, Tom Browne, Marian Whitaker, (2009) "Accommodating the newfound strategic importance of educational technologists within higher education: A critical literature review", Campus-Wide Information Systems, Vol. 26 Iss: 3, pp.201 - 231|
|Keywords:||Educational innovation, E-learning, Flexible learning, Higher education, Human resource strategies|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/10650740910967384 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
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.