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ERIC Number: EJ1107952
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
What Impact Does a Change-Agent Have on Faculty Use of Technology?
JALT CALL Journal, v11 n2 p105-122 2015
This study was undertaken to examine the influence that a set of Professional Development (PD) initiatives had on faculty use of Moodle, a well-known Course Management System. The context of the study was a private university in Japan that specializes in languages. Specifically, it aimed to identify the way in which the PD initiatives adhered to professional development best practice criteria, and what impact the PD initiatives had on faculty use of Moodle. The study utilized a mixed-methods approach. Participants in the study were 42 teachers who worked at the university. The results indicated that the PD initiatives adhered closely to criteria posited in technology-related professional development best practice criteria. Further, results from the online survey and follow up face-to-face interviews indicated that while the PD initiatives that were implemented were positively perceived by faculty, they did not have the anticipated impact on Moodle use.
Descriptors: Change Agents, Technology Uses in Education, Database Management Systems, Courseware, Best Practices, Faculty Development, Fidelity, Educational Practices, Online Surveys, Inservice Teacher Education, Mixed Methods Research, Semi Structured Interviews, Program Effectiveness, Language Teachers, College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Workshops
JALT CALL SIG. 1-6-1 Nishiwaseda Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 169-8050, Japan. e-mail: journal!jaltcall.org; Web site: http://journal.jaltcall.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Japan
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