Innovations at Elite Research Universities Through the Lens of Diffusion Theory: The Case of Extended Reality Technologies / Michael John Schmedlen.

Schmedlen, Michael John, author.
[Philadelphia, Pennsylvania] : University of Pennsylvania ; Ann Arbor : ProQuest Dissertations & Theses, 2019.
1 online resource (174 pages)
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Educational administration.
Educational technology.
Higher education.
Higher education management -- Penn dissertations.
Penn dissertations -- Higher education management.
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Extended reality's (XR) status as an emerging and newly accessible set of technologies creates a rare opportunity to study the diffusion of innovations process--as it happens--in the context of higher education. Understanding how and how quickly XR innovations diffuse may directly inform student success, research productivity, and grant competitiveness. More generally, identifying the factors of success and failure of diffusion of innovations may inform how institutions discover, evaluate, and use new technologies. Using Everett Rogers' diffusion of innovations theoretical framework, a mixed-methods approach was used to analyze how innovation is viewed across institution types. In addition to a broad survey of institutions, case studies were completed at two elite research universities with known projects in XR. Elite research universities were selected for the study, as these institutions possess the resources to acquire, test, and support new technologies like XR. Findings showed that the key barriers to innovation--decentralization, faculty awareness, availability of funding, and technical support--are being addressed through multiple creative means, including informal convenings, campus centers, external partnerships, and internal grants, which incentivize innovation. Interdisciplinarity was seen as a key ingredient of contemporary innovation.
Source: Dissertations Abstracts International, Volume: 81-03, Section: A.
Advisors: Hartley, John M.; Committee members: Diane Eynon; Eric Klopfer.
Department: Higher Education Management.
Ed.D. University of Pennsylvania 2019.
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School code: 0175
Hartley, J. M. (John M.), degree supervisor.
University of Pennsylvania. Department of Higher Education Management, degree granting institution.
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