Diffusion of educational technologies amongst faculty and instructors at a polytechnic institution
Kumi Lee Abercrombie, Royal Roads University , Canada
Royal Roads University . Awarded
This study investigated the diffusion of learning technologies at a polytechnic institution. Diffusion theory and educational change theory provided a basis for this work. The study was motivated by the perception of slow adoption cycles despite the efforts of an institute-wide initiative to enhance the use of technology for teaching and learning. The study took place at the BC Institute of Technology (BCIT), which is home to six schools, 400 programs, 48,000 students, and 2,100 faculty and staff.
The extent of diffusion and factors affecting diffusion were investigated for five technologies. The study employed a web-based survey, which was sent to 1815 full-time and part-time faculty. Responses were received from 359 faculty members. The results indicated differing extents of diffusion for the five technologies. The results also indicated that the overall extents of diffusion and the differing extents of diffusion were impacted by the factors under investigation.
Abercrombie, K.L. Diffusion of educational technologies amongst faculty and instructors at a polytechnic institution. Master's thesis, Royal Roads University.
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