Identifying Key Factors in the Adoption of Innovative Practices
Michelle Baron, Charles Graham, Brigham Young University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in San Antonio, Texas, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-61-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Researchers discovered better ways to accelerate and improve the adoption of innovative practices in teaching with technology, and determined how to better support faculty members in taking advantage of technological infrastructures to improve teaching and learning using Everett Rogers' five stages to the innovation-decision process. Researchers identified techniques change agents use to facilitate the adoption process, determined which change agents are most influential to the adoption process, and discovered the role of innovation reinvention in the decision making process. Researchers concluded that change agents must be more proactive in creating positive experiences via information sources, pedagogical understanding, technical support, and reinvention ideas. By understanding the process of adopting innovative practices, academic staff can provide improved support in order to achieve smoother technical and pedagogical implementation of technology in teaching and learning.
Baron, M. & Graham, C. (2007). Identifying Key Factors in the Adoption of Innovative Practices. In R. Carlsen, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2007--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 772-776). San Antonio, Texas, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).