Driving emerging technology evaluation with the STREET process
Liffers, M. (2011) Driving emerging technology evaluation with the STREET process. In: CCA-EDUCAUSE Australasia 2011, 3 - 6 April, Sydney, Australia.
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Murdoch University’s self-hosted Wordpress blogging platform was implemented in 2008 as an experiment in educational blogging. Since then, it has grown in popularity and is now used by academics as a teaching and evaluation tool. Unfortunately, there were no processes for its governance and support.
Murdoch University has a full-time Emerging Technologies Specialist employed to evaluate and propose technology pilots. The Emerging Technologies Specialist chose to trial the STREET process to guide an evaluation of the University’s blogging needs and identify the best possible candidate to meet them.
STREET is a flexible process to guide to make informed decisions about whether or not to implement a technology to address a need in an organisation. Its name is the acronym for its six steps: Scope, Track, Rank, Evaluate, Evangelise and Transfer.
This candidate would need to be compatible with the existing IT ecosystem, flexible, easy to use and appropriately priced. It is expected that the outcome of this process will be a decision of which candidate to implement, strong evidence to support that decision, evangelisation to inspire support from Murdoch staff members and the knowledge transfer required for the Office of Information Technology Services to effectively and sustainably support the candidate.
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