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Technology Implementation: Effective Strategies & Processes

Description
Educational institutions are in a constant state of change and innovation. Many of these initiatives are focused on inclusion, providing support for students, all while creating and maintaining a robust learning environment. More than ever, institutions are recognizing the variability and differences among learners and those working at these institutions. This can be seen by the focus on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives which have taken education by storm. With this, has come more focus on techquity and a renewed motivation on Universal Design for Learning. Inclusion and support is essential as our institutions continue to evolve towards the future. Each year, more educational institutions are seeing how certain assistive and educational technology tools are good for all students and support all learners. More and more, technology is being adopted for all learners within a university or college campus, district, or schoolwide. With addition to this wider technological adoption, digital accessibility and Educational and Information Technology policies, working groups, and initiatives are becoming commonplace. As a collective whole, education continues to work towards making sure all students are supported and included; including those with disabilities. Once educational institutions make the decision to adopt a new piece of technology or initiative, the work has just begun. Implementation and working towards change at scale can be time consuming, complicated, and a challenging process in order to see the desired results. Despite the best wishes and goals, many educational institutions do not see the results they hope for. To ensure effective implementation which maximizes impact and decreases stagnation and lack of adoption, institutions need a framework, best practices, or processes to follow. But what do these look like? How can schools use this information to increase their chances of a successful rollout and implementation of a technology adoption or initiative? This session will discuss the topic of implementation science as it applies to both K12 schools or districts and higher education institutions. Attendees will learn about models, frameworks, and best practices based on research and anecdotal examples of implementation. As educational institutions adopt and implement new assistive or educational technology now or in the future, this information can support and guide those leading these initiatives. For those institutions with technology or initiatives already in place, but feeling as though the potential or desired outcome has not been reached, this information can help pinpoint areas for growth while providing a roadmap for continued progress forward.  
Audience
  • Higher Education
  • Disability Specific
  • K-12 Education
Audience Level
Beginning  
Session Summary (Abstract)
Implementation Science and corresponding models provide best practices and approaches to effectively roll out initiatives and change within an organization. This session will discuss these principles as it applies to educational institutions adopting assistive or educational technology through a UDL lens and/or institutional accessibility initiatives.  
Session Type
General Track  
Topics
  • Cognitive & Learning Disabilities
  • Digital Accessibility
  • Education
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Leadership & Strategy

Presenter

  • Rachel Kruzel
    Texthelp

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