Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Improving community college faculty effectiveness through technology-based learning communities
by Peter, David Mark, Ph.D., Walden University, 2014, 127; 3644921
Abstract (Summary)

College faculty members are often inadequately prepared to use technology in their classrooms. They often learn technology without institutional support, and without understanding technology's impact on student learning. As a result of these shortcomings, the use of technology in the college classroom is often not systematic or focused on improving learning. This study used a conceptual framework based on Wenger's learning community or community of practice idea. This study examined a Midwestern university where faculty made only limited use of classroom technology and did not demonstrate contemporary approaches to student learning. The study set out to determine the impact of technology-based faculty learning communities on student engagement. Five university faculty members served as research participants; all agreed to form a learning community and participate in a series of interviews that examined the impact of technology integration and the role of learning communities on adopting technology. Interview data were analyzed using an emergent and exploratory approach where themes and trends were identified through direct observation and examination of interview transcripts. One of the emergent themes was that increased faculty technology use depends primarily on positive prior experiences with technology. Another theme was that students' self-reported technology competency does not accurately reflect classroom uses, which may have a significant impact on educational technology integration strategies. The study's findings provide guidelines for a best practice model of faculty professional development to improve and enhance classroom learning with educational technology.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Brown, Abbie
Commitee: Lacy, Gary, Sugar, William
School: Walden University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 76/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Community college education, Organizational behavior, Educational technology
Keywords: Faculty learning community, Professional development, Student learning, Teaching, Technology integration
Publication Number: 3644921
ISBN: 978-1-321-33331-2
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