Title: Embedding e-learning: a new perspective on change and innovation

Authors: Darien E. Rossiter, Michael Crock

Addresses: Knowledge Services, Cranfield University, Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, Shrivenham, Swindon SN6 8LA, UK. ' Information Services, Flexible Learning and Access Services, Griffith University, Logan Campus, Meadowbrook QLD 4131, Australia

Abstract: This paper challenges the position that e-learning, as an educational innovation, is obsolete. Instead, the authors argue that a more mature or sophisticated approach to organisational change is required to enable higher education institutions to accrue the benefits promised by the early e-learning enthusiasts and adopters. The paper presents a concept of embedding innovation as a process which incorporates four key dimensions: widespread adoption, integration, legitimisation and sustainability. A longitudinal perspective on change is proposed, one which addresses the need to manage and exploit the creative and complex issues associated with the more mature e-learning models. Practical examples are included from Griffith University, Australia, to illustrate and support the theoretical position and arguments developed in the paper.

Keywords: organisational change; embedding innovation; sustainability; complexity; e-learning; m-learning; innovation; higher education; Australia; learning technology; e-agenda; electronic learning; online learning; mobile learning; change management.

DOI: 10.1504/IJLT.2006.011335

International Journal of Learning Technology, 2006 Vol.2 No.4, pp.279 - 293

Published online: 20 Nov 2006 *

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