Education talk 3b

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Why Educational Technology Deployments Fail - Belinda Lopez

Belinda Lopez is a Senior Learning Consultant, currently working as the Training Project Manager for Canonical, the commercial sponsor of the Ubuntu Linux distro. For the past 15 years she has helped create innovative learning solutions for everyone from preschoolers to astronauts. Before moving into the Open Source world, she was an Instructional Designer and Curriculum Developer in the Human Spaceflight Training program at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Prior to that amazing experience, she worked in the Center for Technology in Teaching & Learning at her alma mater, Rice University. Belinda has been following the Ubuntu Linux project for several years, being drawn into the project by the potential to use Ubuntu in education and learning environments. She has since become active in the Ubuntu Women’s Project, the Ubuntu Learning Project and Edubuntu and hopes to encourage others to become more active in the various Open Source communities.

We've all seen the great promise of technology in education but we've also seen some expensive failures. Why do these deployments fail? Is it the technology, logistics or social & political aspects that have so many educational technologist baffled. I'll look at some of the more notable and less noted failures in open source deployments and try to understand if there is a better deployment strategy that can help them succeed.

This talk is scheduled for education miniconf: Tuesday 19 January 2010