|Reflections on the impact of social technologies on lecturers in a pathway institution
|Velliaris, D.M., Willis, C.R. and Breen, P.
|Benson, V. and Morgan, S.
Education has evolved over time from face-to-face teaching to computer-supported learning, and now to even more sophisticated electronic tools. In particular, social technologies are being used to supple- ment the classroom experience and to ensure that students are becoming increasingly engaged in ways that appeal to them. No matter how educationally beneficial, however, new technology is affected by its users. To investigate this, lecturers at the Eynesbury Institute of Business and Technology (EIBT)—a Higher Education pathway provider—were surveyed to determine their perception and application of social technolog(ies) in their personal, but predominantly ‘professional’ lives. Utilising a qualitative and autoethnographic approach, one author provides an insight into their own attitude toward social technologies, coupled with responses to three open-ended questions. Thereafter, the same questions were posed to EIBT academic staff to understand their willingness or reluctance to use social technologies in their practice as part of their first-year pathway course(s).
|Technology; Teacher Education; Pathway courses; Foundation courses; English for Academic Purposes; Academic Literacy
|Implications of Social Media Use in Personal and Professional Settings
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|Hershey, PA, United States
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