Instructor approaches to uptake and sustain the use of emerging technologies for education

Ananiev, A 2016, Instructor approaches to uptake and sustain the use of emerging technologies for education, Masters by Research, Business IT and Logistics, RMIT University.


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Title Instructor approaches to uptake and sustain the use of emerging technologies for education
Author(s) Ananiev, A
Year 2016
Abstract Emerging Technologies for Education (ETEs) have been defined by Veletsianos (2010) as “tools, innovations, and advancements utilized in diverse educational settings … to serve varied education-related purposes”. As noted by Veletsianos (2010), “ETEs satisfy the ‘not yet’ criteria. … [they] are not yet fully understood. … [and] are not yet fully researched”.

The present research project attempts to address this challenge by conducting case-study research into the perspectives and behaviours of instructors, identified as relevant stakeholders within the tertiary education sector. The case studies examine instructors’ approaches when taking decisions to uptake and sustain use of a selection of learning ETEs.

Data collection was undertaken, through semi-structured interviews with case-study respondents, about the broad features of different ETEs, with the concept of perceived affordance facilitating the discussion. System acceptability theory and other Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) concepts underpin the design of the data collection instruments. Interpretation of data collected interrogates decisions to uptake and sustain use of ETEs. This research investigates beyond any particular technology and its specific features, as it looks at a number of technologies though their affordances. Data collected in the course of a case-study, at a major Australian university, is viewed through a design science lens. The interpretation of the collected data allows understanding of the processes employed by instructors, when deciding whether (or not) to uptake and sustain the use of an ETE.

The insights developed may inform future technology providers developing ETEs, increasing the likelihood of positive uptake and sustained use. As a result, instructors may improve the decision to uptake and sustain the use of an ETE via an appreciation of the perspectives and behaviours that impact on technology choices.
Degree Masters by Research
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Business IT and Logistics
Subjects Educational Technology and Computing
Conceptual Modelling
Keyword(s) Higher education
ETE
Affordances
Uptake and sustained use
Instructor
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