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The Problem with Classroom Technology? Faculty Can’t Use It

By Dian Schaffhauser

The top challenge to implementing classroom technology on campus is faculty’s inability to use it. That’s the consensus among faculty, students, and administrators on campus, according to a new report. Only IT staff said budget concerns were a bigger challenge.

It isn’t simply a lack of professional development holding back instructors either. Eight out of 10 institutions provide some form of tech-specific training, according to faculty, in the form of group meetings and seminars, videos, and online tutorials, one-on-one-meetings, and peer mentoring. The problem, cited by a couple of faculty members, is that the training is too general for specific disciplines to use and that those doing the training don’t always have experience in using technology in the classroom.

These findings and others come out of an annual research project sponsored by CDW-G, with an online survey of the college community conducted by O’Keeffe & Co. in June 2011. A total of 1,209 people responded, about a third students, a quarter instructors, a quarter IT staff, and the remainder administrative staff. That’s an overall 3 percent margin of error with a 95 percent confidence level.

Continued at: http://campustechnology.com/articles/2011/07/28/the-problem-with-classroom-technology-faculty-cant-use-it.aspx

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