Tackling assumptions and expectations; implementing technology in higher education

Taylor, Teri (2014) Tackling assumptions and expectations; implementing technology in higher education. International Journal of Learning, Teaching and Educational Research, 1 (1). ISSN 1694-2116

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Abstract

This paper explores the underpinning concepts commonly associated with technological implementation in Higher Education. Technological implementation in Higher Education is driven by assumptions from earlier work exploring the potential demands of the "Net Generation" in terms of access to and engagement with technologies. Whilst presenting valid considerations, more contemporary research suggests limitations of this earlier work, in favour of recognition of the individual nature of technological use in practice. Using person-environment fit theory to underpin the discussion, this paper explores how mis-mathed expectations between institutions and users, can create conflict, stress and behaviours that detract from the learning experience. Current conflicts within Higher Education are used to illustrate the need for an holistic approach to implementation planning, considering the wider educational context and sphere of influence.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: technology; higher education; expectations; person-environment fit
Subjects: X300 Academic studies in Education
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Health, Community and Education Studies > Education and Lifelong Learning
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Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2014 10:42
Last Modified: 08 May 2017 10:45
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/16781

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