Drop a Pebble in the Water: The Challenges of Change Through Technology Mediated Learning

Black, Kate and Warhurst, Russell (2016) Drop a Pebble in the Water: The Challenges of Change Through Technology Mediated Learning. Management Teaching Review, 1 (4). pp. 263-270. ISSN 2379-2981

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1177/2379298116669316


This article responds to Stoten’s (2016) article in Management Teaching Review on the use of Pebble+ (PP+) to support learning, teaching, and assessment. We examined the realities of efforts to engender curriculum change using PP+ on a large undergraduate thesis course within a U.K. business school. We analyzed 2,143 emails between the 123 supervising-faculty and the professors leading the course. Field notes supplemented these data. We have demonstrated that while 18 supervising-faculty asserted the value of the use of PP+ (14.6%), the majority of faculty (54.5%) expressed concerns about using this technology, with eight supervisors failing to use the technology at all. We propose that these latter reactions resulted from a lack of self-efficacy with technology, a perceived task–technology mismatch, and perhaps, most significant, a threatened sense-of-self as “expert” in the eyes of their students and peers. We offer three key recommendations for readers who are considering technology-mediated change.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: thesis, change, Pebble+, technology-mediated learning, innovation, identity, engagement
Subjects: N100 Business studies
N200 Management studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Kate Black
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2016 15:40
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2019 09:48
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/27733

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