Sustaining Technological Innovation: Is it too Calm after the Storm?

By Heather Hemming and Gregory MacKinnon.

Published by Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal

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A decade ago Acadia, a primarily undergraduate
Canadian university with currently 2800 students and 220
faculty members, gained significant recognition with its
campus-wide laptop initiative, “The Acadia Advantage”
(AA). In 1996, the Acadia Advantage distinguished Acadia
from other Canadian universities, as the first fully-wired
campus in Canada. This paper provides a brief overview of
the history of the AA followed by an examination of the
current state of the initiative. This exploration includes
an overview of changes made to the infra-structure and as
well as highlighting current challenges and
opportunities.

Keywords: Leadership and Technology, Post-Secondary Education and Technology

Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp.11-20. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.558MB).

Dr. Heather Hemming

Dean, Faculty of Professional Studies, Acadia University, Wolfville, Canada

Dr. Hemming is the Dean of Professional Studies and a Professor of Education at Acadia University, Wolfville, NS Canada. Her current research is focussed on leadership in post-secondary education. She has published extensively in the areas of literacy and pedagogical implications of technology integration in curriculum. She was co-director of the three year curriculum initiative:“Teaching in the Age of Technology” funded by the McConnell Family Foundation.

Dr. Gregory MacKinnon

Professor of Science & Technology Education, School of Education, Acadia University, Wolfville, Canada

Areas of Research Interest Include: 1) technology integration in classrooms, 2) constructivist approaches to education & 3) science curriculum development Recent Publications Include: MacKinnon, G. & Saklofske, J. (2010). Mapping conceptual change: A Unique approach for measuring the impact of virtual learning. Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal 2(1), 77-86. MacKinnon G. & Aylward, M.L. (2009). Models for building knowledge in a technology-rich setting: Teacher education. Canadian Journal of Learning & Technology 35(1) MacKinnon, G. & Provencal, V. (2009). Concept mapping as a means to stimulate thematic analysis in higher education: A study of Greek gods. International Journal of Technology, Knowledge & Society 5(3), 61-74. MacKinnon, G. (2009). Electronic concept mapping in a laptop university: A cross-curricular study in Research Highlights in Technology and Teacher Education 2009 (C. Maddux (Ed.)) 223-238. MacKinnon, G. & Cook-MacKinnon, P. (2008). Supporting institutional change; The case of a laptop university initiative. Journal of the World Universities Forum 1(2), 147-154. MacKinnon, G. (2007). A decade of laptop computers: The impact on the pedagogy of university faculty. Journal of Instruction Delivery Systems 21(3), 7-20.