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ERIC Number: ED423785
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Aug
Pages: 31
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Bridging the Gap between Early Adopters' and Mainstream Faculty's Use of Instructional Technology.
Jacobsen, Michele
This paper examines characteristics of early and later adopters of educational technology among college faculty and suggests models for encouraging wider diffusion of technology for teaching and learning. Using Rogers' (1995) theory of diffusion of innovations, the paper examines: (1) the characteristics which distinguish early adopters from others; (2) the implications of developing a long-term plan for campus-wide activities based on the characteristics of early adopters; and (3) the alternatives to such a plan. The paper finds different characteristics and roles for each of the five categories of adopters under Rogers' diffusion theory. Especially noted is the "chasm" between early adopters, who are interested in the technology itself, and later adopters, who are concerned primarily with teaching and learning and view ease of technology use as critical and want proven applications with low failure risk. Such studies suggest that case study research of individuals who are both early adopters of instructional technology and excellent teachers are needed. The paper concludes that to achieve adoption by mainstream faculty, campus-wide planning and investment in the human infrastructure is needed, including training and support which capitalizes on the opinion leadership and persuasive qualities of early adopters. (Contains 47 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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