Integrating Technologies in Higher Education: Common Reasons for Integrating and Required Educational Features
Dodzi Amemado, University of Montreal, Canada
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Denver, Colorado, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-95-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
New technologies used in educational contexts must require specific functionalities to enable flexible environments for online collaboration. This requirement is becoming increasingly important for academic settings where courses are integrating more and more hybrid, distance and other models of university teaching. The importance of the features of the technology is the flagship idea of this study. As methodological approach, twenty-four officials and academic experts were interviewed in fifteen universities in Canada. The results show that the reasons why universities choose to integrate new technologies in education are not always guided by educational motivations, and this explains that the technology chosen is not necessarily an instructional and a learning technology. On this basis, appropriate technologies for real educational and institutional evolution of conventional universities have been identified by the interviewees. As it turned out, a good tool is one that completes the task best in as easily and efficiently as possible.
Amemado, D. (2012). Integrating Technologies in Higher Education: Common Reasons for Integrating and Required Educational Features. In T. Amiel & B. Wilson (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia 2012--World Conference on Educational Media and Technology (pp. 1550-1558). Denver, Colorado, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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