شبکه آموزش اوهایو و انتشار فناوری به آموزش عالی (1999 - 2008)
Abstract: Higher education institutions confront barriers to technology implementation, such as lack of infrastructure, resources, and user acceptance. To overcome these roadblocks, an institution can join an interinstitutional consortium dedicated to educational technology collaboration. This qualitative project study examined the educational technology collaboration practices of one statewide interinstitutional consortium, the Ohio Learning Network (OLN), measured through the theoretical framework of Rogers's and others' diffusion of innovations (DoI) theories. This study's research questions investigated OLN's innovation diffusion strategies over a 10-year period, from 1999-2008, and how their practices aligned with existing DoI theories. Research methods for this case study included document examination, archival review, and interviews. The study's results highlight how an interinstitutional consortium can act as a change agent, using strategies such as needs assessments, communication channels, and supportiveness to help higher education successfully implement and effectively use technology in the teaching and learning process. The resulting white paper outlines OLN's best practices for innovation diffusion that will be valuable for OLN, similar interinstitutional organizations, policy makers, and higher education administrators. These practices contribute to social change by providing opportunities for colleges and universities to successfully collaborate with other institutions for cost-effective instructional technology implementation. The practices also allow increased access to education for more students through distance learning and help give students the skills needed for a 21st -century technological society.