ERIC Number: EJ724728
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jul
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Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) in Higher Education Teaching--A Tale of Gradualism Rather than Revolution
Kirkup, Gill; Kirkwood, Adrian
Learning, Media & Technology, v30 n2 p185-199 Jul 2005
The widespread adoption of information and communications technologies (ICT) in higher education (HE) since the mid 1990s has failed to produce the radical changes in learning and teaching than many anticipated. Activity theory and Rogers' model of the adoption of innovations provide analytic frameworks that help develop our understanding of the actual impact of ICT upon teaching practices. This paper draws on a series of large-scale surveys carried out over a 10 year period with distance education tutors at the UK Open University to explore the changing role of ICT in the work of teachers. It investigates how HE teachers in one large distance learning university have, over time, appropriated ICT applications as teaching tools, and the gradual rather than revolutionary changes that have resulted.
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Telecommunications, Open Universities, Information Technology, Distance Education, Foreign Countries, Computer Uses in Education, College Faculty, Technology Integration
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom