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Technology Adoption and Academic Development PROCEEDINGS

, , University of Alberta, Canada

World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA


The growing demands and needs to assist teaching staff in institutions of higher education with the adoption of new and emerging technologies is being propelled from several directions. But innovative teaching initiatives, intended to help university instructors better leverage technology, are not without tensions. To gain a better understanding of these tensions, we interviewed directors of teaching development centres in Canada, United States, Australia, and the UK. The results of this study indicate that there is a tension between what teaching centres are doing and what they would like to be doing with respect to the integration of technology into teaching practices. The following themes emerged from this study: uncertainty about how best to leverage technology, questions regarding a teaching development centre’s role in being strategic, and the need for scalability. In this presentation we will provide a broad discussion of the findings and implications for academic development for technology adoption.


Kanuka, H. & Saranchuk, N. (2011). Technology Adoption and Academic Development. In Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2011 (pp. 228-230). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

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