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Technology-mediated learning is the reality of this digital age. Although a major disruptor, the global pandemic inspired innovation and collaboration to advance 21st century teaching and learning. Thus, leaders must understand the dynamics and complexities of large-scale technology implementations to realize educational gains. This includes the dynamics of procurement, instructional design, and the challenges from inadequate network security, internet and technology access to support faculty and learners.

Through storytelling and narrative case studies, Large-Scale Technology Implementation Stories to Inspire Change provides evidence-based practices, practical strategies, and inclusive excellence considerations to any current or aspiring school leader. The diverse perspectives of institutional and industry leaders help school leaders discover opportunities resulting in more effective processes, partnerships, and technologies for engaging instruction and lasting change.

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Large-scale technology implementations require that both technology vendors and educational institutions have highly skilled technical staff. Cybersecurity education and technology product and service proponents make the relevant skills case to leaders based on their experiences. The human capital crisis in cybersecurity and the recent increase in the security threats resulting from vulnerable software have made the situation worse. A recent example is the global attack on government and private sectors through the IT management software SolarWinds. Skills for secure-coding and implementing Zero-Trust architectures and strategies are essential to protect student and faculty data, learning content, assessment data, research and other IP-related resources in order to provide uninterrupted technology access for learner success. This chapter aims to help educational technology leaders recognize if implementation partners have the requisite cybersecurity education and training before committing to a contract and project plan. It also provides valuable advice for leaders in this sector.

In: Large-Scale Technology Implementation Stories to Inspire Change