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Innovation Through Stronger IT Management

by Tara E. Buck

EdTech Magazine

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EDUCAUSE 2015: Want to Innovate? Start with IT Management

Beyond pay, IT managers should concentrate their focus on establishing three key employee and team motivators: autonomy, mastery and purpose. And managers must change their style to highlight and advance those motivators through their teams.

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Motivating Staff, Teachers and Students Through Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose

As brilliant minds in education and IT converged at EDUCAUSE 2015 much of the talk was around how IT can be better leveraged to foster strategic innovation. Attracting and retaining the best and brightest in education is, or should be, a top priority for educational institutions said business expert Daniel Pink at an EDUCASE 2015 keynote. He suggested that IT leaders be focused on the key employee motivators of autonomy, mastery and purpose. Can these same principles apply across the entire employee spectrum?

Of course they can and, in fact, the concepts are well aligned with teaching principles in general and, particularly, personalized learning: provide students with autonomy to choose from a wide array of teaching tools, and coach them toward mastery with a clear purpose in mind. Whether students, teachers or IT staff members, focusing on these motivators can lead to better results.