Exploding hierarchies for educational change: Leveraging "third spaces" within Solent University's Transformation Academy

Karen Heard-Laureote, Carina Buckley

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This chapter explores how and to what extent a major cross-institutional change project, delivering sustainable learning and teaching through Solent University’s online pivot, triggered the explosion of traditional hierarchies, coalescing teams of previously dispersed roles for implementation. The Transformation Academy, led by Solent Learning and Teaching Institute, aimed to ready academic staff for the online delivery of 150 courses within 12 weeks, by September 2020. Project success meant overlooking established role titles, traditional remits, and formal line management structures, favouring instead a full, fluid, and atypical collaboration between Academic Development and Learning Technologies staff often compartmentalised in organisational structures. Preliminary findings suggest that learning and teaching initiatives should embrace such flexibility to benefit from wider abilities and knowledge to effectively deliver a project beyond job description confines.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAgile learning environments amid disruption
Subtitle of host publicationEvaluating academic innovations in Higher Education during COVID-19
EditorsMd Golam Jamil, Dawn A. Morley
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-92979-4
ISBN (Print)9783030929787
Publication statusPublished - 13 Dec 2022

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