Weathering Technology Integration in a School of Nursing: What’s the Forecast?
Abstract: Technology has forever-changed society and is a ubiquitous constant since its inception (Tacy, Northam, & Wiech, 2016). There has been an increase in the use of technology in some areas of higher education and for some faculty members, technology inspires how teaching and learning is envisioned. Technology can influence teaching and has the potential to challenge students to exhibit skill such as critical thinking, collaboration, and lifelong learning (Forneris & Tiffany, 2017). As technology is embraced in all aspects of society, there is growth in innovative technologies for health care education (Fiedler, Giddens & North, 2014) and an increase of technology use in the clinical practice setting. Evidence shows that technology is important in nursing education, (Merrill, 2015) and students are expecting faculty to use technology in teaching to support their learning (Axley, 2008); however, the rate of integration into nursing education remains unclear. This research project was carried out under the authorization of the Thompson Rivers University Review Ethics Board (TRU REB) about what technology faculty in a School of Nursing are currently using and how they are integrating technology in to the classroom and practice settings. In this presentation, the background literature, the study methodology and survey findings will be outlined. Finally, recommendations made will be discussed including a proposed digital strategy and faculty development plans.
Presider: Wilfred W.F. Lau, The Chinese University of Hong Kong