Envisioning creative collaboration between faculty and technologists

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Presentation Date

Fall 10-28-2011

Conference Name

Professional and Organizational Developers Network Annual Conference

Conference Location

Atlanta, GA

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Recent exchanges on the POD listserv attest to the fact that university technologists and university teachers inhabit seemingly mutually exclusive cultures, Activity theory, as interpreted by Yrjo Engestrom (1987), provides a theoretically informed analytical framework for developing an understanding of different forms of human activity, without suffering from the polarizing effects of a “Mars/Venus” approach. Using this tool participants will analyze their observations of a role play in which a faculty member, a technologist, a librarian, and an instructional designer meet to discuss the development of a course. Through structured reflection participants will develop strategies for optimizing cross-cultural collaboration.


activity theory, workplace development, micro cultures, Engestrom, faculty development, instructional technology, sociocultural analysis, Leontev


Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching | Higher Education and Teaching | Instructional Media Design | Other Teacher Education and Professional Development | Quantitative, Qualitative, Comparative, and Historical Methodologies | Social Psychology | Social Psychology and Interaction | Sociology of Culture