Our latest resource, The Administrator’s Guide to Going Paperless, covers the benefits of transitioning to a digital learning platform and outlines steps to implementing technology in classrooms schoolwide. In that pursuit, we talk a lot about adoption. This is the measure of how many students and teachers actually use the system put in place (actually use it - not just sign up begrudgingly and continue with a paper-based system).
We want to see a high adoption rate; this is an indicator that your selected platform is serving classroom needs.
We’ve found digital learning platforms that require the least amount of training time are the most likely to see a high adoption rate. If your new platform comes with a user manual that looks like a phone book or a recommended 20-hour course, take a step back to think through what this training time could do to your adoption rate when teachers or students hit a wall.
But finding an intuitive platform doesn’t mean you should skip your training period. Just use it smarter. It’s best practice to map out an implementation plan for new technology, especially if it will be launched schoolwide. This is an opportunity to gain buy-in from faculty and boost their comfort level with a new system.
Think of it this way: if a faculty member misses training on a new system, he or she should still be able to pick it up with little guidance. However, if they receive the training, a teacher should be positioned to do even more. They should come out of a training with strategies to keep students engaged or build a really powerful rubric. That’s when we see a solid adoption rate.
We advise the schools we work with to start with a product demo to test if a platform meets institutional needs - and if it does - prioritize getting it in front of teachers. Test drive intuitiveness and potential for building superusers.