Birth, life and death of the Victorian Education Ultranet

Tatnall, A and Davey, B 2018, 'Birth, life and death of the Victorian Education Ultranet', Education and Information Technologies, vol. 23, no. 4, pp. 1585-1605.

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Title Birth, life and death of the Victorian Education Ultranet
Author(s) Tatnall, A
Davey, B
Year 2018
Journal name Education and Information Technologies
Volume number 23
Issue number 4
Start page 1585
End page 1605
Total pages 21
Publisher Springer
Abstract This article examines the development and ultimate demise of the Ultranet, a major ICT infrastructure project in the education system of the Australian State of Victoria. The case is interesting as it was a very large project, intended for 1500 schools and funded to $180 m (Au). The study traces the design and implementation of the project as a socio-technical innovation in education. Although there are examples of how this project worked very well, its uptake was less than anticipated. The study found that potential benefits from a very large project like this can be nullified by a number of factors including: change in sponsorship of the project, an over emphasis on security concerns, failure to enrol crucial stakeholders and a naive assumption by technologists that technology with potential benefits will always be accepted. The study also found that technology projects must be delivered where a need exists and one that, most importantly, is recognised by the stakeholders. This will also be the case in other education systems around the world. If resources are not to be wasted the problem must be clearly identified and its need accepted before a solution is proposed. The Victorian Government finally abandoned the Ultranet in June 2013.
Subject Information Systems not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Socio-technical studies
Information technology
Project management
Actor-network theory
Innovation translation
Online learning
Reporting to parents
Sharing curriculum materials
DOI - identifier 10.1007/s10639-017-9679-x
Copyright notice © 2018, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.
ISSN 1360-2357
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