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12 Common Education Technology Implementation Problems and How to Prevent and Remediate Them

by Kelly Walsh on August 29, 2012


Help us get this great resource included in the Classroom 2.0 5th Anniversary Book by downloading it from!

There are many potential challenges that those who are responsible for implementing new or updated  instructional or education technologies can encounter. This article discusses a dozen of these common pitfalls and offers suggestions for how to avoid or remediate these potential issues. Whether you are involved in a technology roll-out on a small scale, perhaps in a single class or course, or on a larger scale such as across an entire institution, the observations in this article can position you to be equipped for success.

Classroom 2.0 Book Project K Walsh submission image. 12 Education Instructional Technology Implementation Pitfalls and how to avoid them

The chapter/article provides insights into how to avoid these 12 common challenges that instructional and education technology implementations are likely to encounter:

  1. Insufficient Budget
  2. Failure to secure senior administrator or executive level buy-in
  3. Not having a sponsor
  4. Inadequate training
  5. Insufficient technical testing and validation
  6. Failing to involve faculty from the onset
  7. Forgetting to consider the student’s perspective
  8. Relevancy (will the intended audience want to use it?)
  9. Not planning for adequate support
  10. Failure to incorporate training into on-boarding for new staff/faculty/students
  11. Forgetting Risk Assessment
  12. Limited (or no) long term planning

The article was created as a submission to Classroom 2.0 5th Anniversary Book Project, and it can be read and downloaded at

Seventy-five potential chapters have been submitted to this exciting effort, and those that are downloaded most frequently will be eligible for inclusion in the final publication. (To download a PDF of this article, you will need to sign into Scribd with either a Facebook account or a Scribd account). We hope you’ll give it a read through and download a copy of the PDF to keep it around as a quick reference whenever new or updated technologies are being considered or implemented in your school.

After you download the PDF, please send a copy to your colleagues, and especially to the technical support folks and your administrators. Even the most experienced implementation and support personnel are going to pick up a couple of good tips here and they’ll thank you for it.

Thanks for reading and downloading this article and doing your part of help make education technology implementations succeed at your school and schools everywhere, and helping to get this powerful resource included in the Classroom 2.0 5th Anniversary Book!

Please check out the many other excellent writings being considered for inclusion in this exciting publication, which are available here:


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4 New Technology Tools for Measuring Learning Outcomes


Kelly Walsh is Chief Information Officer at The College of Westchester, in White Plains, NY, where he also teaches. In 2009, Walsh founded He frequently delivers presentations and training on a variety of related topics at schools and conferences across the U.S. His eBook, the Flipped Classroom Workshop-in-a-Book is available here. Walsh became the Community Administrator for the Flipped Learning Network in June of 2016. In his "spare time" he also writes, records, and performs original music ... stop by and have a listen!

[Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are my own, or those of other writers, and not those of my employer. - K. Walsh]

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