To Use or Not to Use: Are Faculty Members Integrating Technology in Their Classrooms in Higher Education?

ID: 52525 Type: Brief Paper
  1. Krista Lussier and Tara Lyster, Thompson Rivers University, Canada

Wednesday, March 28 3:00-3:20 PM

Presider:
Donna Karno, University of Maine at Farmington, United States

Technology is ubiquitous in all aspects of life. However, there appears to be a slower integration in higher education as compared to industry (Trusko, 2015). With this increased availability of technology, students and faculty expectations and demands are increasing (Marzilli et. al, 2014). These rapid changes in society and in education have required institutions to develop new ways to support and meet the demands of a more technologically advanced 21st century learner and the educator responsible to work with them. However, these new initiatives are not always fulfilling their intent. There is three decades of research supporting the use of technology in the classroom and acknowledging the barriers to its integration. Despite acknowledgement of the barriers, and Universities continued spending of money on technology, integration in to the classroom remains slow (Mundy & Kupczynski, 2013). Understanding the status of technology integration in the classroom in higher education is necessary at this this juncture. This presentation will outline a research study examining what technology faculty is currently using and how they are using it in a university in Canada. Our presentation will include an overview of applicable literature, an introduction to our context at Thompson Rivers University, overview of our methodology, indicate our findings and discuss recommendations made to stakeholders.

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