Adoption of Innovation: Faculty Perceptions and Tech Savviness
Abstract: Adoption of innovation is directly related to the perception of one’s personal competency and to the frequency and type of training or professional development with that innovation. Over a 3-year period, data from over 300 faculty from a private university was analyzed. Evaluation of innovation included interactions with the newly adopted learning management system, while the evaluation of tech savviness encompassed perceptions of skills involving social media, and other adoption of technical applications. Both the type of training and the effectiveness of the training were analyzed. The results showed that between Year 1 and Year 2 of the adoption, innovation levels of the faculty decreased for a majority of the indicators measured (5 of 9 indicators). While two indicators increased slightly, two others remained the same. Only two innovation indicators demonstrated a statistically significant decrease (p < 0.05).