A systemic framework for managing e-learning adoption in campus universities: individual strategies in context

  • Carol Russell
Keywords: e-learning adoption, complex adaptive systems, campus universities


There are hopes that new learning technologies will help to transform university learning and teaching into a more engaging experience for twenty-first-century students. But since 2000 the changes in campus university teaching have been more limited than expected. I have drawn on ideas from organisational change management research to investigate why this is happening in one particular campus university context. My study examines the strategies of individual lecturers for adopting e-learning within their disciplinary, departmental and university work environments to develop a conceptual framework for analysing university learning and teaching as a complex adaptive system. This conceptual framework links the processes through which university teaching changes, the resulting forms of learning activity and the learning technologies used – all within the organisational context of the university. The framework suggests that systemic transformation of a university’s learning and teaching requires coordinated change across activities that have traditionally been managed separately in campus universities. Without such coordination, established ways of organising learning and teaching will reassert themselves, as support staff and lecturers seek to optimise their own work locally. The conceptual framework could inform strategies for realising the full benefits of new learning technologies in other campus universities.

Keywords: e-learning adoption; complex adaptive systems; campus universities

DOI: 10.1080/09687760802649871


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Russell, C. (2009). A systemic framework for managing e-learning adoption in campus universities: individual strategies in context. Research in Learning Technology, 17(1). https://doi.org/10.3402/rlt.v17i1.10771
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