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ERIC Number: ED537653
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
ICT Competencies of Higher Education Teachers in Puducherry Region
Zayapragassarazan, Z.; Ramganesh, E.
Online Submission, Paper presented at the International Conference on E-Resources in Higher Education: Issues, Developments, Opportunities and Challenges (Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli, India, Feb 19-20, 2010)
Higher education professionals generally work in an information and communication technology (ICT) rich environment. In this paper, we present the findings of a study of computer competencies of higher education teachers working in the arts and science colleges of Puducherry region. The present research is aimed at answering the research questions about the extent and frequency of the faculty members use of computer applications for teaching learning processes, their main concerns regarding using technology in teaching and their preferences of technology training methods for professional development. Questionnaires, designed to provide an overview of the above said research parameters were administered to the 120 higher education teachers teaching in the arts and science colleges of Puducherry region. These results showed that faculty members are moderately competent in using internet, e-mail, word processing, presentation software, and transparencies and less competent in various other areas of technological tools. Their frequency of use in the moderately competent areas is high when compared to other tools. Therefore, a larger dose of training is required on the use of other technological tools. The main concern of the faculty members in using technology is they do not have proper and adequate technical support and most of them preferred workshop as their training strategy over methods. It can be concluded that with limited knowledge and resources these teachers were able to incorporate technology in their teaching-learning process and if they are provided with adequate training on the advanced technological tools to raise their level of competencies, no doubt they would bring innovations in their classrooms. (Contains 5 tables.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: India