You are here:

Impact of Technology on Post-secondary Classroom Culture: A Critical Literature Review

, , , , NMSU, College of Education, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Savannah, GA, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-13-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA


Today’s adult student has several expectations for their post-secondary learning environment (Hofmann, 2015). Numerous studies have been conducted regarding how technology has impacted the learning or how technology should be used in classrooms. However, none of these meta-analysis and critical literature studies have examined the impact technology has on the classroom culture. We will examine a variety of studies about technology tools and their use in higher education in order to determine how technology has impacted, both positively and negatively, classroom culture. After synthesizing our results, we will identify recommendations for best practices in adopting and integrating technology as well as areas for further research.


Bontly, S.W., Gomez, C., Khalil, S. & Mansour, T.F. (2016). Impact of Technology on Post-secondary Classroom Culture: A Critical Literature Review. In G. Chamblee & L. Langub (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1862-1870). Savannah, GA, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved March 25, 2019 from .


View References & Citations Map


  1. Alzahrani, I., & Woollard, J. (2012). The potential of wiki technology as an e-learning tool in science and education: Perspectives of undergraduate students in Al-Baha University, Saudi Arabia. Proceedings for the 2nd International Conference on E-Learning and Knowledge Management Technology (ICEKMT 2014).
  2. Adamovic, S., Sarac, M., Veinovic, M., Milosavljevic, M., & Jevremovic, A. (2014). An Interactive and Collaborative Approach to Teaching Cryptology. Educational Technology& Society, 17 (1), 197–205.
  3. Barczyk, C.C., Duncan, D.G. (2013). Facebook in higher education courses: An analysis of students’ attitudes, community of practice and classroom community. International Business and Management, 6(1), 1-11.
  4. Baylor, A.L., & Ritchie, D. (2002). What factors facilitate teacher skill, teacher morale, and perceived students learning in technology-using classrooms? Computer and Education, 39, 395-414. Doi:10.1016/S0360-1315(02)00075-1
  5. Bernard, R.M., Borokhovski, E., Schmid, R.F., Tamim, R.M., & Abrami, P.C. (2014). A meta-analysis of blended learning and technology use in higher education: from the general to the applied. Journal of Computing in Higher Education, 26(1), 87-122. Doi:10.1007/s12528-013-9077-3
  6. Best, J., & Dunlap, A. (2012). Beyond Access: Effective Digital Learning for a Globalized World. Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL).
  7. Buraphadeja, V., & Kumnuanta, J. (2011). Enhancing the sense of community and learning experience using self-paced instruction and peer tutoring in a computer-laboratory course. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 27(8).
  8. Cochrane, T., Narayan, V., & Oldfield, J. (2013). IPadagogy: Appropriating the iPad within pedagogical contexts. International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation, 7(1), 48-65.
  9. Cronk, R. (2011). How Web 2.0 empowered relationships enhance Learning 2.0. In Bhattacharya, Mach, & Moallem (eds.), Emerging Technologies in Learning: Impact on Cognition and Culture, (pp. 133-139). Waynesville, NC: Association
  10. Dabbagh, N., & Kitsantas, A. (2012). Personal Learning Environments, social media, and self-regulated learning: A natural formula for connecting formal and informal learning. The Internet and higher education, 15(1), 3-8. Doi:10.1016/J.iheduc.2011.06.002
  11. Dabbagh, N., & Reo, R. (2011). Back to the Future: Tracing the Roots and Learning Affordances of Social Software. In M. Lee, & C. McLoughlin (Eds.) Web 2.0-Based E-Learning: Applying Social Informatics for Tertiary Teaching (pp. 1-20).
  12. Donlan, L. (2014). Exploring the views of students on the use of Facebook in university teaching and learning. Journal of Further and Higher Education, 38(4), 572-588. Doi:10.1080/0309877X.2012.726973
  13. Gebre, E., Saroyan, A., & Bracewell, R. (2014). Students' engagement in technology rich classrooms and its relationship to professors' conceptions of effective teaching. British Journal of Educational Technology, 45(1), 83-96.
  14. Harrison, J.B., & West, R.E. (2014). Sense of community in a blended technology integration course: A design-based research study. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 15(6). 289-312
  15. Hew, K.F., & Cheung, W.S. (2013). Use of Web 2.0 technologies in K-12 and higher education: The search for evidence-based practice. Educational Research Review, 9, 47-64. Doi:10.1016/J.edurev.2012.08.001
  16. Hofmann, J. (2015, September 22), [What is driving the modern learning culture?] [Infographic]. Retrieved from Houle, P.A., Reed, D., Vaughan, A.G., & Clayton, S.R. (2013). Using laptop computers in class: A student motivation perspective. Journal of Learning in Higher Education, 9(2), 83-92.
  17. Jacob, S.M., & Issac, B. (2007). Mobile learning culture and effects in higher education. IEEE Multidisciplinary engineering Education Magazine (MEEM), 19-21.
  18. Jamil, M., & Shah, J.H. (2011). Technology: Its Potential Effects on Teaching in Higher Education. New Horizons in Education, 59(1), 38-51.
  19. Jennings, G., Anderson, T., Dorset, M., & Mitchell, J. (2010). Report on the step forward iPad pilot project. Melbourne: Trinity College, University of Melbourne.
  20. Jesson, J., Matheson, L., & Lacey, F.M. (2011). Doing your literature review: traditional and systematic techniques. Los Angeles, CA: Sage.
  21. Judd, T., Kennedy, G., & Cropper, S. (2010). Using wikis for collaborative learning: Assessing collaboration through contribution.Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 26(3), 341-354.
  22. Junco, R., & Cotten, S.R. (2010). Perceived academic effects of instant messaging use. Computers and Education, 56, 370-378.
  23. Kirkwood, A., & Price, L. (2013). Examining some assumptions and limitations of research on the effects of emerging technologies for teaching and learning in higher education. British Journal of Educational Technology,44(4), 536-543.
  24. Kitchenham, A.D. (2009). School culture, teachers, and technology transformation. Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, 35(2).
  25. Levin, T. (2009). Re-culturing beliefs in technology: Enriched classrooms. In L. Tan Wee Hin, & R. Subramaniam (Eds.) Handbook of Research on New Media Literacy at the K-12 Level: Issues and Challenges (pp. 144-166). Hershey, PA:
  26. Melhuish, K., & Falloon, G. (2010). Looking to the future: M-learning with the iPad. Computers in New Zealand Schools: Learning, Leading, Technology, 22(3), 1-16.
  27. Metcalfe, M. (2003, January). Author(ity): The literature review as expert witnesses. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung/Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 4(1).
  28. Njoku, C.P.U. (2015). Information and communication technologies to raise quality of teaching and learning in higher education institutions. International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology, 11(1), 122.
  29. Pegrum, M., Howitt, C., & Striepe, M. (2013). Learning to take the tablet: How pre-service teachers use iPads to facilitate their learning. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 29(4), 464-479.
  30. Rahimi, E., Berg, J., Veen, W. (2014). A learning model for enhancing the student’ control in educational process using Web 2.0 personal learning environments. British Journal of Educational Technology, 46(4), 780-792. Doi:10.1111/bjet.12170
  31. Ramdhani, A., Ramdhani, M.A., & Amin, A.S. (2014). Writing a literature review research paper: A step-by-step approach. International Journal of Basic and Applied Science, 1(3), 47-56.
  32. Ronchetti, M. (2011). Video-Lectures over internet. E-Infrastructures and Technologies for Lifelong Learning: Next Generation Environments, 253.
  33. Rovai, A.P. (2002). Sense of community, perceived cognitive learning, and persistence in asynchronous learning networks. The Internet and Higher Education, 5(4), 319-332
  34. Rowley, J., & Slack, F. (2004). Conducting a literature review. Management Research News, 27(6), 31-39.
  35. Saadatmand, M., & Kumpulainen, K. (2012). Emerging technologies and new learning ecologies: learners’ perceptions of learning in open and networked environments. In Proceedings of the 8th international conference on networked learning (pp. 266-275).
  36. Salipante, P., Notz, W., & Bigelow, J. (1982). A matrix approach to literature reviews. Research in organizational behavior, 4, 321-348.
  37. Sana, F., Weston, T., & Cepeda, N.J. (2013). Laptop multitasking hinders classroom learning for both users and nearby peers. Computers and Education, 62, 24-31. Doi:10.1016/J.compedu.2012.10.003
  38. Siemens, G. (2004, December 12). Connectivism: A learning theory for the digital age. Retrieved from
  39. Su, F., & Beaumont, C. (2010). Evaluating the use of a wiki for collaborative learning. Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 47(4), 417-431. Doi:10.1002/sec.10084
  40. Torraco, R.J. (2005). Writing integrative literature reviews: Guidelines and examples. Human Resource Development Review, 4(3), 356-367.
  41. Useem, J., Useem, R., & Donoghue, J. (1963). Men in the middle of the third culture: The roles of American and non-Western people in cross-cultural administration. Human Organization, 22(3), 169-179.
  42. Vallance, M., & Towndrow, P.A. (2007). Towards the ‘informed use’ of information and communication technology in education: A response to Adams’ ‘PowerPoint, habits of mind, and classroom culture’. Journal of Curriculum Studies, 39 (2), 219-227. Doi:10.1080/00220270601105631
  43. Venkatesh, V., Croteau, A.M., & Rabah, J. (2014, January). Perceptions of effectiveness of instructional uses of technology in higher education in an era of Web 2.0. In System Sciences (HICSS), 2014 47th Hawaii International Conference on (pp. 110-119). IEEE.
  44. Wade, C.A., & Woods, J. (2014). The effects of technology use in postsecondary education: A meta-analysis of classroom applications. Computer and Education, 72, 271-291.
  45. Wade, W.Y., Rasmussen, K.L., & Fox-Turnbull, W. (2013). Can technology be a transformative force in education? Preventing School Failure, 57 (3), 162-170.
  46. Zhou, H. (2013, March). Understanding Personal Learning Environment: a literature review on elements of the concept. In Society for Information Technology& Teacher Education International Conference (Vol. 1, pp. 1161-1164).

These references have been extracted automatically and may have some errors. If you see a mistake in the references above, please contact