Today's Technologies: Faculty Adoption Factors and Effects on Higher Education

Today's Technologies: Faculty Adoption Factors and Effects on Higher Education

Jeff Cain (University of Kentucky, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-828-4.ch010
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This chapter provides commentary on the broad-based effects that current instructional technologies have had on higher education instruction. Adoption and utilization of instructional technologies have done more than simply supplement teaching and learning; they have altered the environment in multiple ways. The unintended consequences of these technologies have changed and may continue to change the interaction among faculty, students, and learning materials. Some of the factors that have contributed to certain technologies becoming popular in today’s higher education teaching environment will also be discussed. Awareness of these factors and unintended consequences will help practitioners plan for the emergence of newer technologies and better understand their potential impacts on higher education.
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Analysis Of Three Current Instructional Technologies

The following sections discuss 3 different applications/systems as a framework for illustrating the overall effects that instructional technology can have on higher education. By examining faculty members’ reasons for their adoption, we can more adequately prepare for the introduction of new technologies. Furthermore, examining the unintended consequences of these adoptions allows us to critically review and comment on technology’s overall impact on the higher education teaching and learning environment.

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Terry T. Kidd
Chapter 1
Glenn Finger, Pei-Chen Sun, Romina Jamieson-Proctor
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Chapter 2
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Chapter 3
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Chapter 4
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The Virtual University: Distance Learning Spaces for Adult Learners
Chapter 5
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Using Moodle to Teach Constructivist Learning Design Skills to Adult Learners
Chapter 6
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Community of Inquiry in Adult Online Learning: Collaborative-Constructivist Approaches
Chapter 7
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Social Networking, Adult Learning Success and Moodle
Chapter 8
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Collaborative Learning: Knowledge beyond the Peripheries
Chapter 9
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Chapter 10
Jeff Cain
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Today's Technologies: Faculty Adoption Factors and Effects on Higher Education
Chapter 11
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Chapter 12
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Danilo M. Baylen
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