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Developing Educational Technology at an Urban Community College

  • Kate S. Wolfe
  • Kate Lyons
  • Carlos Guevara
  • Presents a case study in change management, nurturing and building a Community of Practice (CoP) around teaching with technology

  • Authors interweave personal narratives with anecdotal evidence and research-based findings to relate the lived experiences of the subjects of the book

  • Offers opportunity for the development of new methods and strategies to attain more effective educational technology integration plans


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Our Context and Why It Matters

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Carlos Guevara, Kate Lyons, Kate S. Wolfe
      Pages 3-10
    3. Carlos Guevara, Kate Lyons, Kate S. Wolfe
      Pages 21-33
    4. Elys Vasquez-Iscan
      Pages 35-49
    5. Kristopher Bryan Burrell
      Pages 51-61
  3. A Mindful Approach to Community Building

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. Carlos Guevara, Wilfredo Rodriguez, David Dos Santos
      Pages 65-77
    3. Jacqueline M. DiSanto, Carlos Guevara
      Pages 79-93
    4. Kate S. Wolfe
      Pages 95-104
    5. Kate Lyons
      Pages 105-117
    6. Amy J. Ramson
      Pages 119-122
  4. Opportunities and Challenges

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. George J. Rosa, David Dos Santos, Carlos Guevara
      Pages 125-134
    3. Lisa Tappeiner, Jacqueline M. DiSanto, Kate Lyons
      Pages 135-146
    4. Lisa Tappeiner, Kate Lyons, Sandy Figueroa, Linda Ridley
      Pages 147-160
  5. “I only work with the converted”: Converting the Technology Skeptics Through Proof and Credibility

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 161-161
    2. Sandy Figueroa
      Pages 163-167

About this book


This book uses a mix of personal narratives, anecdotal evidence, and research-based findings to tell the story of a small, urban community college’s efforts to develop and nurture a Community of Practice (CoP) that would galvanize the campus’ adoption of Educational Technology. Located in one of the poorest congressional district in the United States, Hostos Community College, a Hispanic-serving institution and part of the City University of New York (CUNY), has a unique history rooted in activism, advocacy, and community outreach, and has built a reputation for technology innovation. This book is a collection of writing from faculty and staff members whose decades of experience integrating technology into the classroom pre-dates many of the official initiatives now in place at CUNY. 


Higher Education Administration Urban Community Colleges Change Management Technology Adoption Community Of Practice

Editors and affiliations

  • Kate S. Wolfe
    • 1
  • Kate Lyons
    • 2
  • Carlos Guevara
    • 3
  1. 1.Behavioral and Social Sciences DepartmentHostos Community College, CUNYBronxUSA
  2. 2.LibraryHostos Community College, CUNYBronxUSA
  3. 3.Division of Academic AffairsHostos Community College, CUNYBronxUSA

About the editors

Kate S. Wolfe is Associate Professor of Psychology in the Behavioral and Social Sciences Department at Hostos Community College, City University of New York, USA.

Kate Lyons is Associate Professor, Head of Reference, and Information Technology Librarian at Hostos Community College, City University of New York, USA.

Carlos Guevara is Director of the Office of Educational Technology and Co-Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Hostos Community College, City University of New York, USA.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Developing Educational Technology at an Urban Community College
  • Editors Kate S. Wolfe
    Kate Lyons
    Carlos Guevara
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-17037-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-17040-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-17038-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIX, 209
  • Number of Illustrations 5 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Educational Technology
    Administration, Organization and Leadership
    Higher Education
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“Wolfe, Lyons, and Guevara provide readers with must-read hands-on advice to all of us in higher education, on the important role educational technology plays in the classroom in helping students succeed, and how faculty can embrace and adopt it.” (Carlos Morales, President of TCC Connect Campus, Tarrant County College, USA)

“Purveyors of how-to guides love generic rules. But there’s only one rule: leverage your distinctiveness. When it comes to implementing educational technology, I’ve never seen it done better than in this book, where carefully thinking through context and constituency shows how best to meet academic goals with technological means–means we must all become adept at using.” (George Otte, University Director of Academic Technology and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Professional Studies, City University of New York, USA)

“This book persuasively makes the case for innovative and responsive organizational approaches, support at all levels of the institution, and collaborative leadership to effectively manage the changes required for the wider diffusion and successful implementation of educational technology.” (Susan Ko, Clinical Professor, Lehman College, USA)