Key Features In A Educational "Digital Transformation"

Education Product Cycles and Ecosystems Within The Modern Classroom

Digital Transformation…. what does this look like in education? For some it’s the shiny new resource available to students 24/7; for others it’s a dashboard of digital resources to manage personalized learning. For many, transformation is a shift in mindset towards digital assessment and learning managements tools to support content standards.

In the end, digital transformation includes a range of approaches to each of these items plus many more. The important role digital shifts in instruction and learning play in the realities of the larger commitment to the proper implementation of these tools in a mindful and cost effective way is a huge factor. Considerations should include the time and labor intensive practices such as product trials, leadership and instructional consensus and implementation at necessary scale. Mixed with these considerations are the even larger variables of the product or experience that is required within each unique edtech lifecycle and learning environment. Ease of use and instant impact are variables which often take more time to navigate than the pressure to adapt to new technologies.

I want to share a few reflections and perceptions of ongoing digital transformations and their unique process and practical experience. My own definition of “Digital Transformation” is essentially an organization’s commitment to utilizing technology to maximise the improved processes that can be brought to education and organizational work.

Understand What Your Educational Environment Values: “Speed Of Innovation”

Your school or organization probably has a pretty well established speed of innovation. This is the speed at which the organization adopts new practices and implements technology to support their goals. An organization may be able to only support only so many changes and shifts to practice. With this understanding it is possible to selectively choose tools and resources which can match the organization’s willingness to change.

Trial Teams

Are there a culture of teachers or other stakeholders who are ready to do a trial or review of the product or program and how will the impact of the trial change perceptions, impact or goals of the transformation of digital tools. The results of a trial can be a setback, time for reflection or in some cases the motivation to move forward with excitement. Conclusively, product trials should provide and match the organization’s level of needed data to support to drive decisions.

Data Drives Decision Making

The potential data that a product can provide can assist in the “vision of value” for a product which is part of a digital transformation. From an organizational culture standpoint the data will always drive the decision making. The data of experience within the organization as well as the data that a product brings to the conversation from research and other customers plays an important role in the perception of perceived success upon implementation.

Return On Investment & Learning Analytics

Success is often measured on the opinions and perceptions a tool or resource has in the classroom from an practical teaching perspective. This is often the unknown variable in the sales pitch. Do the analytics support the value system of educators? We know that if the analytics don’t support the implementation then the likelihood of a long term implementation is not likely.