Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Cyprus University of Technology students' attitudes towards technology and the frequency and type of educational technology used during academic courses
by Kyriakides, Christos, Ph.D., Saint Louis University, 2014, 117; 3631304
Abstract (Summary)

Purpose: Electronic media is eliminating the barriers of time, space, and distance. Digital technology is very convenient and effective in many aspects of our lives. It changes the way we live, interact, communicate, learn, work, and even play. Technology and information technology is becoming essential to numerous individuals and to various types of organizations. The purpose of this study is to describe the students' view on frequency and type of technology used at the Cyprus University of Technology during courses to support instruction. In addition, this study explores what are the Cyprus University of Technology students' attitudes towards technology in general.

Methods: The research method employed in this study was quantitative. Data collection included the use of a survey. The target population of this study was the students of the undergraduate program at the Cyprus University of Technology in Limassol, Cyprus. That survey was sent to all the undergraduate students and the sample number that was used in the survey for the descriptive statistic analysis was 334.

Findings: Students indicate that technology elevates the level of teaching and that technology assists students in achieving their academic goals. In addition, students find the use of technology and learning management systems extremely important for their academic success. The students report that forms of communication that utilise technology are extremely important to their academic success. In addition, students believe that handheld mobile devices to be of high importance to their academic success.

Implications: A notable percentage of students specify that they wish their instructors would use all resources/tools with a higher frequency. In addition, the students indicate that they wish their instructors use more the Course or learning management system. Furthermore, the students state that they wish their instructors would use more technology to communicate with their students. Moreover, students point out that it is important that more or better technology is available in order to learn, study, or complete coursework. Furthermore, students wish their instructors use new technologies and they suppose that it is extremely or very important that they themselves were better trained or skilled at using available technologies for learning and completing course work.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Grady, Michael
Commitee: Arend, Lauren, Grady, Michael P., Hadjineophytou, Salome
School: Saint Louis University
Department: Educational Studies
School Location: United States -- Missouri
Source: DAI-A 75/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational technology, Curriculum development
Keywords: Device use, E-learning, Educational technology, Learning environments, Students' attitudes, Technology frequency
Publication Number: 3631304
ISBN: 978-1-321-09734-4
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