Research Center Fellowship

Research Center Fellowship

Faculty attitudes toward the use of innovative technology may be a determinant of their adoption. The purpose of the study is to explore faculty attitudes toward adoption of emerging technology and the conditions under which faculty in higher education integrate Web 2.0 technologies into practice within online environments. Research related to the attitudes and instructional values of teacher integration of technological innovation in the classroom has been conducted primarily at the K-12 level and in the traditional face-to-face classroom. The study may provide higher education institutions and their faculty with knowledge of individual attitudes and conditions under which Web 2.0 technologies are adopted in the online classroom. Technology integration may encourage student engagement, student motivation and ultimately student achievement. The study may increase the understanding faculty have of the role technology can play in student success and support the alignment of pedagogical beliefs with the potential technology holds for student learning. Understanding faculty attitudes toward emerging technology and its pedagogical value to student success may help to inform the current disconnect between the potential for technology integration and the tensions surrounding its implementation. A deeper investigation of the factors under which faculty adopt certain technologies over others may support future planning efforts by the institution, enhance student engagement and increase retention. This research has been completed and submitted for publication.