Leadership Challenges in implementing ICT in Teaching and Education: A Case Study from a Danish University College

Anders Sandborg Nielsen, Ditte Kolbæk

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Abstract

This case study answers the research question: What are the leadership challenges in adopting ICT-based teaching at the Institute for Leadership and Administration, Metropolitan University College, Denmark? The analysis uses a distributed perspective on leadership and builds primarily on interviews with the formal leaders of the institute and a literature review centering on ICT, distributed leadership and communities of practice. The case study identifies three central challenges: the structures of the educational system do not support leaders’ ambition of implementing ICT; formal leaders lack insight into how ICT can be used in teaching and education and are thus unable to promote the cause; and formal leaders expect employees to take on leadership roles. This is not easily operationalised and can lead to a lack of clarity of responsibilities and conflicts between employees and formal leaders.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEducation Research International
ISSN2090-4002
Publication statusSubmitted - 2019

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Keywords

  • education
  • education management
  • distributed leadership
  • ICT-based teaching
  • e-learning
  • organisational development

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Nielsen, A. S., & Kolbæk, D. (2019). Leadership Challenges in implementing ICT in Teaching and Education: A Case Study from a Danish University College. Manuscript submitted for publication.
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