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Iterating To Disruption: The Paradox of Becoming Nimble/Agile
presented by Jim Luke, Professor of Economics, Lansing Community College, and Sue Sweeney, Assoc. Professor of Aging Studies, Madonna University at the 2016 annual conference of Higher Learning Commission.
Full presentation slides for the presentation will be posted soon for viewing and download.
Successful innovation in higher education is limited by our abilities to lead change in our institutions. Building on quality improvement paradigms, this presentation will provide lessons from successful innovators, for managing change and minimizing resistance in established organizations. Attendees will apply the lessons in discussions of relevant organizational change scenarios.
I started this blog with two purposes: teach myself what this “blogging” bru-ha-ha was all about and to see if putting my thoughts about economic news in public might be of interest or use in teaching my classes. Please keep in mind that back in 2008 the economic world was collapsing and we here in Michigan were at ground zero. The textbooks didn’t really have much to say about it. Well it was a rousing success. Students liked it. I liked it. I was hooked. And hooked is probably the right term. I kept going for bigger and bigger fixes. Next it was a self-hosted teaching portfolio & syllabus site at jimluke.com. Then it was trying to create a mini-MOOC (Little Open Online Course?) for my principles courses. Student success rose. Engagement rose. It was easier to manage. Then it was getting the students in on the fun. I let them blog and write in public for my two gen ed -oriented courses.
All this led to an opportunity this year to take some “re-assign time” to create an Open Learn Lab here at Lansing Community College. By the way, for the non-academics, “re-assign time” is a polite way of saying the school lets you cut back your teaching load by the equivalent of approximately a day a week in return for you devoting 2-3 days per week working on some additional project. Anyway, I did it. And now we’re doing it. The Open Learn Lab is modeled after the Domains Of One’s Own programs that were pioneered at University of Mary Washington and now at several (20-30?) major universities. We’re the first community college. I’m really excited.
Of course this means I’ll likely be blogging about some teaching, higher ed, and open learning topics now. But I hope to also keep blogging about economics (I still do teach some classes!). Anyway, here’s the presentation for the “coming out”
party informational presentation on campus. Like most of my stuff, it’s Creative Commons licensed, BY-SA (attribution and share-alike). If you want to download the PPT or speaker notes, click on the little gear.
Links to examples in Presentation:
I’m excited about participating in the DML Commons connected course this spring. I’m a bit concerned about time – this is second half of spring semester here and the school seems to have ALL kinds of plans for my time. Anyway, I’m going to give it my best shot.
I’m particularly excited about all the folks that are putting this together, leading it, the steering committee, and all the others participating.
About me: I teach economics, primarily at Lansing Community College. I do a lot of online teaching and I’ve used WordPress for my Principles courses for the last several years (with quiz/gradebook assist from D2L). Just this semester, I took the connected course plunge. I’m currently teaching a connected course design for my Comparative Econ Systems class this term. I’m hoping I find out in DML Commons what all I did wrong and how to do it better!
This blog, jimluke.com, is my teaching portfolio, misc stuff for students, and general stuff about teaching website. Econproph.com (and hence the Twitter handle) is my original blog where I comment on economics news and ideas/theories for higher education. Besides the teaching, I also do a lot of college planning, governance, and strategy development work – hence the higher ed stuff on Econproph.com.
I’ve formulated the following observation from my strategy and organizational culture work with organizations, particularly organizations in higher education. I’m calling it Luke’s Seventh Law. It seems like it’s my seventh law. I’m not sure what the other six are right now, but I’m sure I’ll remember eventually.
The amount of true, effective leadership exerted in an organization is inversely proportional to number of times the word leadership is used by those at the top.
Jon Becker brings out a key part of my experience and philosophy as a teacher. Courses are stories. They’re narratives. We do a disservice when we deny that.
In her timeless TED talk on vulnerability,Brene Brown jokes about how taken aback she was when someone called her a storyteller. How dare someone call her a storyteller. She’s an academic, dammit! Of course, Brown goes on to say how she grew more comfortable with the label and how she began to see stories as “data with a soul.”