Chapter 10 Taking the Long View

Evaluating and Monitoring the Sustainability of Educational Technologies

In: Large-Scale Technology Implementation Stories to Inspire Change
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Edward Dieterle
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Abstract

In this chapter, we examine the factors associated with the sustainability of educational technologies through two case studies: one a success (the graphing calculator) and one a failure (inBloom). We consider the strategy of both innovations, as well as economic, technical, psychological, cultural, and political factors to understand why one has persevered and the other failed. Understanding each of these factors, and how they interact will benefit educational technology leaders who are designing, developing, purchasing, and implementing digital solutions and related strategies at scale for inclusive 21st-century teaching and learning. We present a third case study from outside of education to illustrate the generalizability of the factors associated with sustainability. We conclude the chapter with recommendations for future investigations.

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