Technology and College Students: What Faculty Members Think About the Use of Technology in Higher Education

Volume 5 - Issue 2
Omer Faruk ISLIM Nese SEVIM CIRAK
Pages: 34-50 Download Count : 140 View Count: 252 Facebook Share on Google+ Save to Zotero Save to Mendeley

Abstract:


Tablet PCs especially iPads are one of the most commonly used devices that most educational institutions from elementary school to colleges have been using as a main or supplementary part of their educational system. This article aims at investigating faculty members’ personal and educational use of technology especially iPads, their opinions on educational use of technology, and their students’ technology competency. This study was conducted at a college of education in the Southwestern United States where a technology initiative was carried out and iPads were distributed. In this qualitative research, case study research was utilized as a research method and a purposeful sampling method was employed. The data were obtained from eight faculty members via semi structured interviews. Results of the study show that faculty members own a variety of devices in addition to iPad, and they are using many apps based on the class needs. Almost all faculty members define themselves and their current students as technology competent, and they stated that experience, socioeconomic status

Keywords

  • faculty members
  • technology in higher education
  • technology use
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