Integrating technology into a traditional learning environment: reasons for and risks of success

Saunders, G. and Klemming, F. 2003. Integrating technology into a traditional learning environment: reasons for and risks of success. Active Learning in Higher Education. 4 (1), pp. 74-86.

TitleIntegrating technology into a traditional learning environment: reasons for and risks of success
AuthorsSaunders, G. and Klemming, F.
Abstract

This article reports on an evaluation of student views and

reactions to a changed approach to teaching and learning that was

enabled by the extensive use of information and communication

technology (ICT). Evaluation was carried out over two academic

years and involved the use of questionnaires, one-to-one interviews

with students and student-led discussions. In general, students were

appreciative of the approach, welcoming classroom sessions that

focused on real problem-solving rather than one-to-many discourse.

The students perceived the module to be harder than other modules

although overall student performance was actually better when

compared with previous years. It was clear, however, that during the

semester most students used the electronic materials provided only

when they needed them to support coursework assignments. As a

consequence one major aim of the approach, to increase the degree

of student-led learning in class, was not achieved consistently.

JournalActive Learning in Higher Education
Journal citation4 (1), pp. 74-86
ISSN1469-7874
YearMar 2003
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1177/1469787403004001006
Web address (URL)http://alh.sagepub.com/cgi/reprint/4/1/74
Publication dates
PublishedMar 2003

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