When starting major University pilots, it might be useful to propose for academic involvement. We have all these skills here in the University so it might be time to utilise them. For example the social networking project, it could be useful to try and get a psychologist involved, or for the QuestionMark project we could get an e-assessment expert. This would provide a comfort for the academics in the pilot and allow for a an easier involvement process.
As an e-department and learning technologist we have skills in multiple areas but are generally experts in none. This is where these resources could come in useful. Whether we pay for them or that is in their interest I think the way we go about these things could be improved.