“Change management” refers to the business practices and procedures that address the human and cultural aspects of organizational change. Change management runs concurrently with the programmatic change that it complements, and the process can range from a relatively informal approach to a highly structured framework. A significant portion of change initiatives fail to achieve their goals, and effective change management can improve the prospects of such efforts. Colleges and universities continue to explore new models, and for that exploration to be successful, skillful and effective change management needs to be part of the process so that good ideas won’t be dismissed for the wrong reasons. Change management provides a structure for including everyone affected, regardless of their attitude about the change.
The 7 Things You Should Know About... series from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) provides concise information on emerging learning technologies. Each brief focuses on a single technology and describes what it is, where it is going, and why it matters to teaching and learning. Use these briefs for a no-jargon, quick overview of a topic and share them with time-pressed colleagues.
In addition to the 7 Things briefs, you may find other ELI resources useful in addressing teaching, learning, and technology issues at your institution. To learn more, please visit the ELI Resources page.