Challenges of motivating postgraduate built environment online teaching and learning practice workgroups to adopt innovation.
Moore, David R.
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MOORE, D. R. and FISHER, T. 2017. Challenges of motivating postgraduate built environment online teaching and learning practice workgroups to adopt innovation. International journal of construction education and research [online], 13(3), pages 225-247. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1080/15578771.2017.1356400
Successful implementation of teaching and learning (T&L) innovation within an e-learning context in higher education institutions involves overcoming challenges. A key component of success in this regard is the level of motivation of those tasked with addressing challenges. This research project sought to identify the extent to which the level of support (motivation to adopt) for e-learning innovation implementation varied between individuals and over time. The level of support evidenced by individual lecturers (functioning as members of a workgroup) was assessed throughout a pilot study and a subsequent roll-out project implementing specific best practice T&L innovations. The methodology applied was determined on the basis of relevance to the focus of the project and the need for pragmatism within the constraints applicable. Nonetheless, the findings are in line with expectations established within relevant literature and are the basis of recommended actions to be considered by those undertaking e-learning innovation implementation projects. While the research is primarily focused on improving the motivation of lecturers exhibiting antagonistic behaviors, there is also consideration of the need to gain student support for any proposed T&L innovations. The identification of best practice T&L innovations is not an objective of the article.