Leadership Factors Influencing Transition and Implementation of a Learning Management System in a Rural Community College Context

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The purpose of this study was to examine the leadership practices involved in the transition to a new Learning Management System (LMS) at a rural community college in western Canada. This study was important to inform future studies on technology transition, particularly in the rural community college context. The main research question explored in the study was how do leaders in a rural community college in western Canada understand practices of leadership when implementing LMSs? A qualitative case study was used that included data from questionnaires and a review of institutional documents. Thematic analysis was used to analyze the data. The data supported the concept that the leaders involved in a technology implementation decision making committee need to have understanding of leadership and technology adoption practices. The results highlighted the importance of professional learning for leaders who are involved in making decisions regarding educational technology. The data helped to inform a conceptual framework that supports leaders’ understanding of the practices of leadership when implementing a LMS in a rural community college in western Canada.
Learning Management System, Leadership, Educational Technology, technology implementation
Mitchell, M. (2021). Leadership factors influencing transition and implementation of a learning management system in a rural community college context (Doctoral thesis, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada). Retrieved from https://prism.ucalgary.ca.