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Technology has changed higher education; yet, many faculty are still hesitant to teach with technology. Faculty development might help change this, but questions remain on the best ways to help faculty teach with technology. Given this problem, we conducted a review of the literature to identify some best practices on how to develop faculty to teach with technology in the literature. The purpose of this paper is to present themes of faculty development research in higher education published from 2013 to 2018 where teaching with technology is a central component of the study. The results suggest that mentorship and faculty-teaching-faculty are effective strategies, that online delivery methods continue to grow, that teaching with technology warrants cross-disciplinary collaboration and that faculty motivations vary across rank and discipline.
Developing Faculty to Teach with Technology:
Themes from the Literature
Eric Belt
&Patrick Lowenthal
Published online: 10 December 2019
#Association for Educational Communications & Technology 2019
Technology has changed higher education; yet, many faculty are still hesitant to teach with technology. Faculty development
might help change this, but questions remain on the best ways to help faculty teach with technology. Given this problem, we
conducted a review of the literature to identify some best practices on how to develop faculty to teach with technology in the
literature. The purpose of this paper is to present themes of faculty development research in higher education published from
2013 to 2018 where teaching with technology is a central component of the study. The results suggest that mentorship and
faculty-teaching-faculty are effective strategies, that online delivery methods continue to grow, that teaching with technology
warrants cross-disciplinary collaboration and that faculty motivations vary across rank and discipline.
Keywords Faculty development .Higher education .Teaching with technology
Technology continues to drastically change the world we live
in. For instance, wearable technologies are enhancing ap-
proaches to modern medicine (Park and Jayaraman 2003;
Pevnick et al. 2018), 3D printers are disrupting manufacturing
to eliminate inventory overhead (Berman 2012) and augment-
ed reality is blending digital information with the real world
across the entertainment industry (Kipper and Rampolla
2012). However, in many ways (except for perhaps the growth
of online learning), teaching and learning at colleges and uni-
versities have not changed that much compared to the techno-
logical advances of modern life (Kukulska-Hulme 2012).
Recognizing this problem colleges, universities and faculty
developers have increasingly focused on developing work-
shops, programs and other forms of support to teach faculty
not only how to use specific types of technology but more
importantly how and why they might effectively integrate
technology into their teaching (Bates and Sangra 2011;
Epper and Bates 2001;Mishraetal.2007).
Advances in technology coupled with diverse faculty back-
grounds and needs, confronts faculty developers with deci-
sions about how to approach technology-focused faculty de-
velopment. Previous efforts have focused on using
technology-enhanced classrooms (see Fairchild et al. 2016),
incorporating mobile devices in instruction (see Power et al.
2016), leveraging learning management systems (see Baran
2016; Sinclair and Aho 2018), developing accessible course
content (see Paskevicius and Bortolin 2016; Wynants and
Dennis 2018) and so on. However, despite these efforts, re-
search suggests that faculty still do not integrate technology
into their teaching as much as they could and many argue they
should (Bates and Poole 2003; Koehler and Mishra 2005;
Kukulska-Hulme 2012). We contend that part of this problem
could be due to the faculty development programs being
Faculty development programs focused on teaching with
technology are often short-lived, isolated activities centered
on technical proficiency as opposed to informing pedagogical
change. Research suggests one-time technology workshops
have minimal effect on long-term sustained development
(Bickerstaff and Cormier 2015; Bose and Lowenthal 2018)
even though research also suggests that faculty tend to prefer
one-hour and online training formats more than other formats
(Lowenthal et al. 2013). Thus, questions remain as to the best
*Eric Belt
Patrick Lowenthal
University of Maryland, Baltimore, 620 West Lexington Street,
Baltimore, MD 21201, USA
Boise State University, 1910 West University Drive,
Boise, ID 83725, USA
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ways to teach faculty to teach with technology. The purpose of
this review was to synthesize evidence-based practices from
the literature that could help other faculty developers teach
faculty to teach with technology at their colleges and
Faculty development is not new; institutions have been offer-
ing various forms of faculty development for decades (Lewis
1996). However, the increased push for faculty to teaching
with technology and the corresponding faculty development
programs focused on teaching with technology are relatively
new. Advances in technology, though, create new challenges
for faculty developers across nearly all educational institutions
and organizations.
Problems Facing Faculty Developers
Faculty developers face a considerable number of challenges
when rolling out faculty development programs focused on
teaching with technology. Most prevalent are competing inter-
ests of faculty, concerns and priorities amongst senior leader-
ship and institutional strategic plans (Sorcinelli and Austin
2010). Rollover in academic leadership and in turn changes
to faculty development initiatives further complicates faculty
development initiatives (Donnelly 2018). Such change com-
bined with differing perspectives on how best to use technol-
ogy creates a constant push-pull situation for faculty devel-
opers. Bates and Poole (2003) described this push-pull tension
between various stakeholders as the technological impera-
tive(i.e., arguments for and against teaching with and in turn
investing in technology in higher education). As a result, fac-
ulty developers are often tasked with advocating for using
certain technologies in the classroom to not only the senior
leadership, but also pitching the use of those technologies to
faculty while also incentivizing and training faculty to use
those technologies. Despite their best efforts, disagreement
among stakeholders can hinder any faculty development
Defining Terms
There are various terms used to describe faculty development
throughout the literature (e.g., faculty development, instruc-
tional development, organizational development, academic
development, professional development, educational develop-
ment and so on). Not surprisingly, there does not appear to be
a universally agreed-upon definition of faculty development
(Taylor and Colet 2010). This is likely due to the fact that
faculty development is both highly individualized and ex-
tremely localized across institutions. In other words, different
institutions and organizations define faculty development in
different ways.
The Professional Organizational Development (POD)
Network in Higher Education positions faculty development
as one of three clusters that fall under the umbrella of educa-
tional development: faculty development, instructional devel-
opment and organizational development. According to
Gillespie and Robertson (2010), faculty development empha-
sizes the individual instructor, instructional development em-
phasizes the course and curriculum and organizational devel-
opment emphasizes administration and leadership.
There is an important distinction, sometimes blurred in the
literature, regarding teaching with technology and faculty de-
velopment research that warrants further explanation. There is
a difference between using technology for faculty develop-
ment (e.g., online faculty development initiatives where tech-
nology, such as a learning management system, is used to
support faculty at a distance) versus faculty development fo-
cused on teaching faculty how to teach with technology. Some
research focuses on the ways in which faculty development is
being offered via technology (see Cohn et al. 2016; Liu and
Alexander 2017; Mckenna et al. 2016), while other research
focuses on the technology being taught (see Power et al. 2016;
Sinclair and Aho 2018; Strawser et al. 2018). In this paper, we
are focused on the latter approach, though findings in both
types of research are subsequently discussed because the lines
of research often overlap.
To conduct this review, we searched the ERIC database using
the keywords teaching with technology,”“faculty develop-
mentand higher education.The initial search focused on
finding peer-reviewed studies published from 2013 to 2018
that contained a methodssection and were conducted at higher
education institutions. Each article was then reviewed to de-
termine that it focused on technology use in teachingor
ontechnology use in faculty development.This resulted in
a total of 25 studies. These 25 studies were entered into
Google Scholar to identify the number of times each study
had been cited by others in an attempt to gauge its relevance
within the field. We found that only seven studies had been
cited in double-digit figures, thus suggesting that this field of
inquiry is nascent. To broaden our search beyond
subscription-based library databases, we used Google
Scholar to conduct an additional search using the same key-
words and process; this resulted in an additional 20 articles to
include in this review. In the end, a total of 45 articles were
read and analyzed. To identify common themes in this litera-
ture, the first author used a type of memoing to code recurring
findings throughout each article (i.e., incentives, mentorship,
time, preferences, etc.). The codes were examined and
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grouped into common areas or themes. In the end, four themes
emerged as a result of the analysis. The first and second author
discussed and came to a consensus that these four themes
represent the major themes in this literature. Additional liter-
ature published before 2013 was used to support, confirm or
dispute the more recent research.
Results of the Review
Four main themes resulted from this review: the role of faculty
as learners, delivery methods, the call for increased collabora-
tion and motivations to participate in faculty development.
Each theme is discussed in detail in the following section.
Theme 1: The Role of Faculty as Learners
Across every institution, the primary role of most faculty is to
teach. However, with faculty development, faculty find the
role shifts from being the teacher to being the student or learn-
er. This transition from teacher to student creates a different
dynamic in that the perceived balance of power between sub-
ject and discipline changes. Faculty developers consider this
dynamic by giving special care to the shift of classroom con-
trol with faculty as learners. As a result, researchers continue
to explore how to leverage different roles in faculty develop-
ment, such as staff-teaching-faculty, students-teaching-faculty
and faculty-teaching-faculty. Further, some faculty developers
have used differentiated approaches to support and develop
early-career faculty vs. more experienced faculty.
Staff-Teaching-Faculty Staff-teaching-faculty is by far the
most common approach to train faculty to teach with technol-
ogy throughout the literature (see Castleberry et al. 2018;
Englund et al. 2017; Fairchild et al. 2016;Parkeretal.2016;
Wu et al. 2016). Oftentimes, centers for faculty development
(sometimes also referred to as teaching and learning centers)
employ staff proficient with technology who conduct work-
shops on how to teach with technology. Depending on the size
of an institution, this responsibility may fall on a dedicated
department (whether within the center for faculty develop-
ment or maybe the office of information technology) or be
tasked to a particular individual (e.g., an instructional designer
or technology trainer).
The advantages to staff-teaching-faculty are the areas of
technical expertise amongst staff (Mohr and Shelton 2017),
and centralization (Wright et al. 2018). Staff provide unique
insight to technology-focused faculty development as their
backgrounds, daily tasks and professional networks expose
them to technology from different viewpoints. Simply put, a
main part of their job is to research how to use new technol-
ogies in the classroom. They are also usually aware of their
institutions long term strategic plans and how technology fits
into that. Further, these staff members (e.g., instructional de-
signers) can often provide one-on-one support to faculty
through drop-in or scheduled meetings, either on campus or
Disadvantages of staff-teaching-faculty typically are the
lack of teaching experience the staff members usually have
(i.e., they are often experts with technology but not necessarily
with teaching) and their ability to contextualize teaching with
technology across multiple and often diverse disciplines.
Despite these disadvantages, staff-teaching-faculty remains
the most researched and documented form of faculty develop-
ment (see Castleberry et al. 2018; Englund et al. 2017;
Fairchild et al. 2016; Parker et al. 2016;Wuetal.2016).
Faculty-Teaching-Faculty Faculty-teaching-faculty occurs in a
variety of ways across institutions. For instance, it occurs in
informal ways (e.g., interdepartmental onboarding and com-
munities of practice) and more formal ways (e.g., classroom
observations and through courses, workshops and faculty de-
velopment programs). Other ways include using early
adopters (i.e., those more proficient in teaching with technol-
ogy) to teach the late majority or laggards (i.e., those more
weary of the technological imperative in teaching) as technol-
ogy facilitators or ambassadors (see Strawser et al. 2018).
Advantages to faculty-teaching-faculty include perpetuat-
ing teaching with technology among colleagues in profession-
al development (Castleberry et al. 2018), placing emphasis on
individual understanding as well as group learning (Davis
et al. 2015) and promoting inclusive technology-focused fac-
ulty development (Strawser et al. 2018). Faculty-teaching-
faculty encourages active participation among facilitators
and helps combat resistance from faculty participants.
However, there are some drawbacks.
Disadvantages to faculty-teaching-faculty are a subjective
teaching approach, decentralization and varying levels of
technical expertise. Faculty facilitators leading technology-
focused faculty development can be subjective in their ap-
proach, due to the individual contexts in which they have
come to understand the use of technology in their own teach-
ing (Outlaw et al. 2017). Informal ways of faculty-teaching-
faculty can also lead to decentralization from institutional stra-
tegic plans related to technology adoption (i.e., formal ap-
proaches stemming from teaching and learning centers). For
example, faculty may encourage other faculty to use different
syllabus software than the contracted software solution ac-
quired by the institution. Lastly, faculty-teaching-faculty have
different technology backgrounds, and Shagrir (2017)found
faculty participants prefer to work with more experienced col-
leagues regarding technology. While facilitators may have ex-
perience in teaching with technology, they may be less versed
in the technology itself. Davis et al. (2015) noted the impor-
tance of training the faculty as facilitators before these faculty
teach other faculty. This is a subtle but important distinction
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for faculty developers because faculty-teaching-faculty can
support organizational development efforts, but may ultimate-
ly require more support from technology staff.
Despite these disadvantages, faculty-teaching-faculty con-
tinually resurfaces throughout the literature (see Castleberry
et al. 2018; Davis et al. 2015;GeorginaandHosford2009;
Georgina and Olson 2008). One assumption could be an over-
arching faculty need and desire for situational context to in-
corporate technology in teaching and faculty may find learn-
ing from fellow faculty more relatable than learning from
internal staff (e.g., instructional designers, faculty developers
or technology trainers). In other words, the subjectivity of
faculty teaching faculty perpetuates the drive for greater fac-
ulty acceptance and adoption.
Students-Teaching-Faculty Students-teaching-faculty to inte-
grate technology in teaching is less common but does occur in
higher education. When it does happen, it tends to happen
through mentorship models. In one study, Baran (2016)de-
tailed a brief history of faculty development focused on
students and mentoring faculty to use technology. In another
study, Koehler and Mishra (2005) showcased how graduate
students can serve as catalysts within faculty development.
The advantages to students-teaching-faculty are the poten-
tial for experiential learning in sharing the classroom experi-
ence, the contextualization of student understanding and
forming a bigger picture understanding of technology use or
disuse in the modern classroom. Experiential learning pro-
vides a way for students and faculty to approach teaching with
technology collectively, giving studentsinsight, voice, and
experience in the teaching and learning process (see
Hickcox 2002). By engaging students in technology-focused
faculty development, faculty can pinpoint commonchallenges
faced by students that may have otherwise gone overlooked.
Lastly, students become active participants in the technology
and curriculum of their classroom (see Gebre et al. 2014;
Harris et al. 2009).
The disadvantages to students-teaching-faculty are the mo-
tivations for students to actively participate and the hesitation
from faculty to learn from less experienced mentors. While
some students may find becoming active participants in the
technology of their classroom beneficial, others may first re-
quire direct instruction to learn how to use technology (see
Keengwe 2007). Additionally, faculty may have reservations
about non-traditional approaches to teaching with technology
(see Sogunro 2017). Despite these disadvantages, students-
teaching-faculty has merit in the appropriate settings with
close supervision and helps bridge the gap between formal
and informal learning amongst student facilitators and faculty
Early-Career Faculty Faculty new to higher education often
come to the profession with very little teaching experience
(Van Waes et al. 2015); instead faculty are typically hired
more for their content area expertise than their teaching expe-
rience. As such, early-career faculty, often lacking any formal
training in how to teach, often revert to teaching the ways in
which they were taught (Englund et al. 2017; Oleson and Hora
2014; Richardson 1996). The exponential rise in technology
over the years presents another challenge for early-career fac-
ulty, because many of their teaching exemplars over the years
likely did not integrate technology into their classrooms, thus
leaving early-career faculty without any positive role models.
Given this problem, the literature recommends faculty devel-
opers to incorporate faculty development interventions very
early on with early-career faculty for the most sustained im-
pact (Englund et al. 2017;Wuetal.2016). This practice sug-
gests that new faculty have the most potential to change or
even conform to the institutional culture early on in their
More Experienced Faculty Across the faculty development
literature, there tends to be certain assumptions regard-
ing experienced faculty teaching with technology. One
assumption is that technology-focused faculty develop-
ment interventions will have minimal impact on experi-
enced faculty. However, Sinclair and Aho (2018) found
that more experienced faculty can serve as catalysts and
innovation exemplars in effecting change in teaching
with technology across an institution. Thus suggesting
that while more experienced faculty may be resistant,
they also represent an institutional demographic with
tremendous potential for influencing and encouraging
others to teach with technology, typically through some
type of mentorship. Therefore, technology-focused fac-
ulty development efforts should often include some
form of mentorship (Baran 2016; Behar-Horenstein
et al. 2014;Shagrir2017). Forms of mentorship can
include multiyear faculty development programs, pairing
new faculty with experienced faculty or certifying ad-
junct faculty (see Borowicz 2015). Such mentorship
seems obvious but is far less realized across educational
development initiatives, often reverting to staff taught
one-off technology workshops.
Faculty developers need to remain cognizant of the unique
dynamic at play as it relates to the roles of faculty as learners.
To date, students teaching faculty may be the most innovative
faculty development effort to emerge in teaching with tech-
nology, however, the approach could be considered one with
high-risk, but possible high-reward. Staff teaching faculty has
and will most likely continue to be the most prevalent ap-
proach to faculty development. Faculty teaching faculty poses
the greatest potential for developing faculty in the most mean-
ingful ways and mentorship amongst more experienced facul-
ty and early-career faculty may have the most sustained im-
pact over time.
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Theme 2: Delivery Methods
Most faculty development workshops and programs are short
(as in an afternoon). Technology, though, enables faculty de-
velopers to extend faculty development beyond a day. Some
faculty development can last weeks, months, a semester or
even a year. However, lack of time is often the most common
barrier to faculty development echoed across all institutions
(Lowenthal et al. 2013). As a result, faculty developers con-
tinue to explore the efficacy of using different methods to
deliver faculty development, including in-person, hybrid and
online as well as month, semester or even academic year-long
faculty development initiatives.
In-Person The most preferred delivery method of technology-
focused faculty development at higher education institutions
are in-person sessions (Cook and Steinert 2013;Rientiesetal.
2013; Wynants and Dennis 2018). This method requires a set
time and place for subject matter experts and attendees to
meet. Traditionally, in-person sessions are held in a classroom
on campus, though there are exceptions (e.g., faculty attend-
ing off-campus conferences would be considered in-person
faculty development). In-person faculty development sessions
range from vetting different technologies for teaching (see Liu
and Alexander 2017) to the pedagogy of technology adoption
(see Jääskelä et al. 2017). Research suggests that faculty have
mixed feelings on the time and modality of in-person sessions.
Some faculty prefer to have a scheduled meeting time and
place for all faculty development; others find a scheduled
meeting time to be more of a burden on an already busy
schedule (Lowenthal et al. 2013; Lucas and Murry 2011).
This is not that surprising given that general perceptions of
teaching with technology also vary between faculty (Azlim
et al. 2015). Further, some faculty simply place more value
on learning in-person than others do.
Hybrid While not that common, some faculty developers have
experimented with using a hybrid approach to faculty devel-
opment, using both an in-person session and online compo-
nents. Hybrid delivery methods should not be confused with
the practice of providing supplemental resources before, dur-
ing or after a development session. Hybrid faculty develop-
ment sessions, according to the literature, are one-time work-
shops where the online components (i.e., an online course,
website or online resource) are purposefully integrated into
the design of the in-person session (see Paskevicius and
Bortolin 2016). Hybrid sessions can involve learning-by-
design where the subject being taught is modeled in the deliv-
ery method of the session, faculty can then model their expe-
riences when teaching using a hybrid method (see Wu et al.
2016). Combining the tangibility of in-person sessions with
the technology of the online classroom yields longer-lasting
faculty development. The prolonged faculty commitment
either before or after the in-person session creates a challenge.
As a result, more and more faculty development efforts use
purely online approaches.
Online Online faculty development continues to grow as the
delivery method provides opportunities to expand develop-
ment efforts over longer periods of time and to larger faculty
groups (see Chen et al. 2017;Lowenthal2008). There are two
common approaches used in online faculty development: self-
study and instructor-led. Self-study online faculty develop-
ment typically includes sessions designed to allow partici-
pants to complete a training without an instructor being pres-
ent. Instructor-led online faculty development typically in-
cludes sessions led by a faculty developer. The scope of online
sessions can vary from promoting awareness (see Wynants
and Dennis 2018) to providing certification (see Teräs 2016)
to analyzing the impact of mobile technology in instructional
design (see Power et al. 2016). Faculty perceptions of online
sessions will vary (see Englund et al. 2017), but the approach
is growing. Wynants and Dennis (2018) noted the advantages
of online faculty development as larger enrollment, pacing,
organization, ease of access, clear time commitment and flex-
ibility in timing. Conversely, some disadvantages are the ab-
sence of meaningful collaboration online (Good and
Schumack 2013; Wynants and Dennis 2018) and the inherent
reliance on technology, which some faculty may see as a de-
terrent to active participation or may lack the technical prow-
ess to take part. Despite these potential setbacks, online fac-
ulty development continues to emerge across all institutions.
Interventions Some approaches to faculty development do not
necessarily fall within one of the aforementioned delivery
methods. In other words, some approaches combine various
delivery methods over time; that is, the sessions are strategi-
cally placed as a small part of a bigger development effort or
the sessions are more informal. As a result, this faculty devel-
opment represents a more nuanced approach to teaching fac-
ulty to teach with technology. Interventions can range from a
monthly five-minute video series detailing practical teaching
development issues (see Castleberry et al. 2018) to a team
training day focused on improving communication among
healthcare professionals (see Davis et al. 2015) to a dedicated
website focused on developing an online learning community
(see Cohn et al. 2016) to micromessaging (see Parker et al.
2016). Interventions are in some ways highly innovative but
may inherently lack the ability to measure successes compared
to traditional delivery methods.
Time Each of the aforementioned delivery methods and inter-
ventions vary in their length of time. For instance, faculty
development can be asynchronous and/or synchronous
(Premkumar et al. 2017). Regardless of the format, time con-
tinually emerges as a detriment to faculty participation and
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commitment (Castleberry et al. 2018; Lowenthal et al. 2013;
Parker et al. 2016; Paskevicius and Bortolin 2016;Strawser
et al. 2018; Wynants and Dennis 2018). The various ap-
proaches to faculty development suggest a best practice is to
situationally contextualize teaching with technology in terms
of modality and incorporate the approach across all education-
al development contexts (i.e., the instructor, the course and the
Throughout the literature no one modality supersedes an-
other in terms of effectiveness. However there are two key
considerations: faculty preferences toward one modality over
another will vary, and when faculty developers model training
in the intended modality (e.g., a training on developing hybrid
courses offered as a hybrid course) the training can be more
impactful to teaching and learning among faculty participants.
Attempting to analyze the effectiveness of technology inter-
ventions in faculty development in one modality or another is
essentially a media comparison study that would elicit a find-
ing of no significant differences. However, further research is
needed to better understand each modality in the context of
faculty development and teaching with technology. Time
tends to be a recurring limitation to faculty development be-
cause teaching with technology fails to move beyond the in-
dividual. When such approaches move beyond the individual
into a larger community of practice, into a larger drive for
course design and curriculum change or into a larger commit-
ment from senior leadership time becomes less of a hindrance.
Theme 3: The Call for Increased Collaboration
Effectively teaching with technology generally requires sup-
port and collaboration from various stakeholders. While learn-
ing how to use new technology is a highly individualized
activity, teaching with technology requires interaction and
support from faculty, students, staff and administration.
Therefore, while faculty developers often intentionally design
faculty development as one-on-one (Wynants and Dennis
2018) or pairing faculty with a mentor (Baran 2016), there
are inherent limitations to the one-on-one approach. For in-
stance, while learning how to use a specific technology may
be relatively straightforward and easy to do one-on-one, fac-
ulty operating in a bubble may not see different ways of using
the technology in their teaching. As a result, greater collabo-
ration is needed to explore new and different ways of using
technology as a catalyst toward more interactivity and engage-
ment (see Madson et al. 2017). Consequently, the literature
details a pattern of faculty desire to collaborate with other
faculty as a way to share ideas, demonstrate principles in prac-
tice and form communities. A resounding sentiment in many
faculty development studies is a desire from participants for
greater collaboration with the larger community (see Davis
et al. 2015; Paskevicius and Bortolin 2016;Wuetal.2016;
Wynants and Dennis 2018). The larger community is used
loosely to represent any entity, local or abroad, larger than
the study population in which the participants took part such
as other departments, other institutions and different
Preferences Preferred collaborations with different communi-
ties vary from institution to institution due in part to the
preexisting teaching culture of each institution. However,
preferences from the literature are an important consideration
for faculty developers. Price and Kirkwood (2014) found fac-
ulty prefer conferring with fellow practitioners or faculty de-
velopers for guidance in teaching with technology over read-
ing journal articles. Shagrir (2017) found faculty prefer de-
partmental staff meetings and informal hallway conversations
more than internal professional development courses or work-
shops. Similarly, faculty prefer collaborating with colleagues
abroad on academic research and publications more than tak-
ing part in activities centered around an external professional
association (Shagrir 2017). While faculty tend to resist collab-
oration, many find collaboration to be an effective tool to
conduct professional development (Teräs 2016). Thus, faculty
developers may consider offering guidance in small groups,
presenting at departmental meetings or collaborating with fac-
ulty on academic research. Purposefully embedding scholar-
ship in faculty development efforts may be a best practice.
Faculty developers should strive for a reconceptualization of
teaching among faculty participants as opposed to technical
competency (see Kirkwood and Price 2013), and embedded
scholarship representsone way to collaboratively develop fac-
ulty to teach with technology, though there are other ways.
Learning Communities Professional and virtual learning com-
munities tend to be common approaches to encourage cross-
disciplinary collaboration (see Cohn et al. 2016;Liuand
Alexander 2017; Mckenna et al. 2016; Parker et al. 2016).
Trust et al. (2017) found professional learning networks sup-
port growth in teaching and learning among higher education
faculty, and Bostancioglu (2018) found faculty participation
and collaboration in online communities of practice to ulti-
mately support teaching with technology in professional de-
velopment. Collaboration across communities help faculty an-
swer important questions about teaching with technology and
stress a desire to conceptualize how others are approaching the
incorporation of technology in their teaching; however, cross-
disciplinary collaboration is an important, differentiated find-
ing. The finding suggests using technology in teaching is not
discipline-specific, rather contextual.
Faculty developers should expand upon collaborative ap-
proaches to teaching with technology. While one-on-one ap-
proaches have merit, faculty may not prefer such isolated ac-
tivities. Professional learning communities and networks pro-
vide an avenue for larger faculty development across institu-
tions and disciplines. As a result, faculty motivation to
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participate in technology-focused faculty development is
threaded throughout the literature.
Theme 4: Motivations to Participate
Faculty participate in faculty development for different rea-
sons. The motivation to participate can include a willingness
to learn new technology (Niebuhr et al. 2018), collaborate
with colleagues (Shagrir 2017) or to receive some form of
compensation (Phuong et al. 2018). Other motivations may
stem from wanting to do a good job by lending a helping hand,
meeting a top-down administrative mandate or being
volunteered to participate. Whatever the reason, participation
in technology-focused faculty development has shown to pos-
itively influence pedagogy (Holmes and Kozlowski 2015)and
technology adoption (Hirsh 2001;Kenneyetal.2010).
Faculty developers should be familiar with such varying mo-
tivations because knowing an audience will ultimately serve
faculty developers in the long term.
Incentives Institutions have experimented with different ways
to incentivize and motivate faculty to participate in faculty
development. Voluntary participation in technology-focused
faculty development initiatives was noted in several studies
as a differentiating characteristic (see Baran 2016; Davis et al.
2015;Jääskeläetal.2017; Teräs 2016; Wynants and Dennis
2018). Involuntary participation was noted less frequently (see
Wu et al. 2016). Conversely, feedback from participants sug-
gests volunteering is somewhat of short-lived activity and
faculty would require incentives for continued participation.
Various incentives and reward structures are threaded
throughout all educational development initiatives including
stipends, course release, grants, scholarships, certifications,
professional development credit and so on. Lowenthal et al.
(2013) found receiving a stipend was the most motivating
incentive for faculty to attend formal faculty development.
Grassroots Efforts A common theme throughout the litera-
ture is the lack of bottom-up approaches to teaching faculty
to teach with technology. A bottom-up approach is one
where a faculty member, or a faculty collective, elects to
incorporate technology into their teaching that encourages
innovation and pervasive use across an institution (Singh
and Hardaker 2017). The bottom-up approach to faculty
development emerges when no formal training on the tech-
nology tool is offered by the institution and faculty lead the
tool adoption organically (see Pacansky-Brock 2017). It
could be though that bottom-up, grassroots efforts, are hap-
pening more than we realize but that these experiences are
not captured in the literature. Either way, faculty and fac-
ulty developers should continually search for new and in-
novative ways to incorporate technology in teaching and
in-turn share their experiences with others.
New Tools The decision to procure new technology often fails
to incorporate faculty early on in the process and is fueled
more by operational business decisions (i.e., contract terms
and cost) as opposed to benefits to teaching. Data analytics
help decision-makers better understand usage though falls
short of recognizing considerations such as: marketing the tool
across the institution, effective communication of the
affordances of the technology and sustained faculty training
and development. The impact of technology tools revolves
around relevance and frequency within everyday work and
some technologies are more impactful than others in higher
education. Using a specific web browser (e.g., Chrome, Edge,
Firefox, etc.) may be considered less impactful in faculty de-
velopment compared to using a different learning manage-
ment system (e.g., Blackboard, Canvas, Desire2Learn, etc.)
though both may be used every day. Including faculty from
start-to-finish in the procurement of new technology is easier
said than done, but efforts should be made as faculty voice is
paramount to rolling out technology effectively (Fathema
et al. 2015; Sinclair and Aho 2018;Strawseretal.2018).
Teaching with technology initiatives need to move away
from carrots and sticks. Faculty developers should be sensitive
to different power dynamics at play and recognize the inherent
value of providing incentives, but should also be wary not to
provide these at a detriment to the development endeavor. By
far, the most motivating factor is stipend provision (Lowenthal
et al. 2013). While exploring emerging technology (Pacansky-
Brock 2017) and collaboration amongst colleagues (Koehler
and Mishra 2005; Strawser et al. 2018) are common motiva-
tions, improving the student experience by teaching with tech-
nology is not the most motivating factor and, while highly
idealistic, it should be.
The aforementioned themes from the literature provide faculty
developers opportunities to expand upon teaching with tech-
nology in faculty development. While these themes provide a
general overview of more recent technology-focused faculty
development, there are also more nuanced approaches requir-
ing greater research. As a result, we present an analysis of the
situated learning context, the cross-section of technology and
pedagogy and the gaps in the literature.
Faculty development efforts focused on teaching with tech-
nology require context. Far too often there is a disconnect
between the technology, theory and practice. The disconnect
occurs because many teacher educators seem to forget that
educational knowledge cannot be simply transmittedto
teachers, and thus improve their actions(Korthagen 2010,
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p. 99). Research efforts should continue to explore situated
learning theory, as collaboration and context are key
components of teaching with technology. Lave and Wenger
(1991) defined situated learning as legitimate peripheral par-
ticipation where learning stems from the social context in
which the learning takes place. In situated learning theory,
participants move from novice to expert by assimilating to a
community of practice. Thus, the situational context should be
emphasized throughout faculty development where teaching
with technology is the ultimate goal. Throughout the litera-
ture, contextualization of technology in teaching is key to
long-term sustained development (Bostancioglu 2018;
Koehler and Mishra 2005; Fairchild et al. 2016;Parkeretal.
2016). Faculty development needs to remain relevant.
Communities of practice, collaboration and developing exper-
tise can perpetuate the relevance of teaching with technology.
Since technology continues to evolve, such social approaches
to technology adoption may serve to support the individual as
part of a larger group.
Where Technology and Pedagogy Intersect
Research suggests that faculty development focused on teach-
ing with technology has a limited-to-no impact if pedagogy is
not considered. Kirkwood (2014) differentiated technology-
focused faculty development as either supplementing existing
practices via technology or as advancing teaching approaches
with technology, and the latter is scarce. Ertmer and
Ottenbreit-Leftwich (2010) posited self-efficacy, pedagogical
beliefs and culture are key variables to faculty development
and technology reform. Faculty developers should recognize
that building confidence is an important consideration when
teaching with technology because uncertainty is an unfamiliar
space for faculty (see Holmes and Kozlowski 2015).
In addition, faculty developers should provide ways to
achieve individual mastery, foster collaboration and group
learning and showcase technology being used in relatable
contexts. Studies that indicate a change in pedagogy are few
and far between though Castleberry et al. (2018)detailedhow
faculty indicated a change in teaching practice through a pro-
fessional development video series. Other research has shown
when teaching with technology, faculty either tried new things
or reverted to old and familiar ways of using the technology,
and resistance to change yields little change (Fairchild et al.
2016). Conversely, Teräs (2016) found that overcoming tech-
nology obstacles potentially yields the most impactful chang-
es in faculty development and faculty naturally resist collab-
oration but feel it is an effective professional development
tool. Faculty development studies rarely, if ever, indicate a
change in participant pedagogy. As a result, faculty developers
should broaden the scope of teaching with technology to be
fewer nuts-and-bolts and more hands-on group experiences
detailing the principles in practice.
Gaps in the Literature
Some more prominent and recurring gaps in the teaching with
technology literature are needs assessments (i.e., pretests),
closing the loop (i.e., posttests), and holistic approaches to
faculty development. Faculty development research would
benefit from the inclusion of needs assessments as faculty
input creates a professional dialogue vital to enacting change
(Behar-Horenstein et al. 2014). Further, faculty development
efforts often fail to close the loop by not analyzing approaches
after faculty have had time to integrate technology in teaching
(Beach et al. 2016). While Kirkwood (2014) suggested eval-
uating the intended use of learning assessments as meeting
acceptable standards, other researchers suggested a need for
longer lasting and sustained faculty development to truly
study the impact of technology in teaching (see Bali and
Caines 2018; Liu and Alexander 2017; Wynants and Dennis
2018). In either case, faculty development research would
benefit from greater follow up with participants to close the
Holistic approaches in teaching with technology that en-
courage synergies across the individual, the course and the
institution are also lacking. Lockhart and Stoop (2018)found
including scholarship and strategic planning to be more holis-
tic ways to approach faculty development. Currently, most
individual or group faculty development sessions are highly
localized activities (see Baran 2016; Davis et al. 2015;
Fairchild et al. 2016;Parkeretal.2016; Paskevicius and
Bortolin 2016). Broadening the scope to instructional devel-
opment by focusing on the course or curriculum can also be an
isolated activity (see Koehler and Mishra 2005). Going fur-
ther, organizational development focusing on the roles of se-
nior leadership may be too disparate an inclusion (see Sinclair
and Aho 2018; Strawser et al. 2018) though findings differ
across studies regarding the need for senior leadership support
with technology adoption. Azlim et al. (2015) found faculty
did not perceive administrative support as a barrier to adopting
technology, whereas Shagrir (2017) found faculty required
administrative support. Since these approaches are often con-
sidered separate to one another (i.e., the individual, the course
and the organization), a best practice would be to incorporate
teaching with technology across all areas of educational de-
velopment as part of a comprehensive strategic plan.
Implications for Practice
Faculty developers can incorporate these findings into faculty
development initiatives across all institutionsthough special
attention should be given to advancing approaches, the feed-
back received, the culture of an institution and future research
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Advancing Approaches
Research surrounding teaching with technology provides fac-
ulty developers opportunities to advance faculty development
beyond familiar constructs. This review detailed themes from
the literature that open up opportunities for both expansive
and focused studies. Faculty developers and researchers can
narrow the focus to the situational context of faculty-teaching-
faculty as a process of attuning, constructing, and negotiat-
ing(Baker et al. 2018, p.271) at their respective institutions,
or explore faculty-teaching-faculty through cross-disciplinary
collaboration over time (see Beaumont 2018). Further, faculty
developers should cross-examine different faculty popula-
tions, institution types and demographics against these themes
as results may vary. Lastly, the student experience should be
purposefully integrated in faculty development efforts regard-
ing teaching with technology (e.g., the intersection of profes-
sional learning networks among online students and faculty).
The Devils Advocate Paradox
Participant feedback in faculty development efforts tends to
counter the delivery method used to conduct a study and
should be carefully considered as an implication for future
practice. Within the limitations, discussion of findings, impli-
cations or conclusions presented in the studies reviewed it is
common for participants of an online faculty development
workshop to suggest online workshops would be better served
as in-person and vice versa. Faculty developers should give
special care when disseminating these findings as to avoid
biases and present misleading information about one modality
over another.
Institutional Culture
Faculty developers need to consider the campus culture sur-
rounding technology. Every institution has a unique faculty
body and technological history. There will be nuanced differ-
ences, from the terminology and acronyms to broader differ-
ences such as position responsibilities, educational develop-
ment approaches and technologies in use. What may work
well for one institution may not work well for another and it
is important to gauge the climate before rolling out new tech-
nology or new teaching with technology initiatives.
Incorporating needs assessments, developing communities
of practice and continued follow-up can help faculty devel-
opers better understand the institutional culture. In addition,
the current technology used around campus may have resulted
from decisions previously made many years ago and the jus-
tification (i.e., cost-benefit analysis) of such tools may have
since changed.
Research Efforts
Further research is needed to explore faculty development
focused on teaching with technology. Studies should explore
institutional roles (i.e., staff-led versus faculty-led develop-
ment) as many faculty prefer working with colleagues com-
pared to institutional staff regarding technology (Shagrir
2017). Moreover, additional research should place a greater
commitment to conducting studies over longer periods of time
(see Englund et al. 2017;Jääskeläetal.2017)asmostfaculty
development is short-lived. Going further, researchers should
explore the social dynamics at play in situated learning theory
through more qualitative and mixed methods research as
teaching with technology is a social science focused on human
behavior. Lastly, researchers should avoid comparing delivery
methods and continue to explore online faculty development
as there are apparent opportunities for innovative approaches
to addressing time constraints.
Teaching with technology will continue to evolve in higher
education and faculty development should support the pro-
gression in equally innovative ways. The following review
highlighted four emergent themes in the literature for faculty
developers to consider in their development efforts. Faculty-
teaching-faculty may have the greatest potential for high im-
pact practices though research on faculty developers (i.e.,
staff-teaching-faculty with teaching experience) could spark
academic debate. Mentorship is a highly effective practice,
especially between more experienced faculty and early-
career faculty, and one-on-one technology teaching may be
more appropriate in certain situations but less effective over-
all. Further, teaching with technology is not discipline-specific
as varying applications can be applied in different ways across
Faculty developers should continue to explore new
ways of approaching technology in teaching. Striving
for greater collaboration between larger communities of
practice while encouraging grassroots efforts and en-
hancing the student experience while maintaining facul-
ty motivation are different approaches worth exploring.
Further, when technology and pedagogy intersect in rel-
evant ways for faculty the student experience will ulti-
mately improve. There are many potential solutions for
the problems faced by faculty developers throughout the
literature, but there is no catchall solution.
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... At the heart of this technological challenge are persistent contradictions. Much technology training involves staff teaching faculty (Belt & Lowenthal, 2020), but faculty often want peer-to-peer learning to share ideas and experiences on topics like using mobile technology in instruction (Hauptman, 2015). Yet in rejecting available formal training and seeking insight from informal peer networks of trusted colleagues rather than technology experts, faculty may pursue technology choices more independently and, as Herckis cautions, not develop digital literacy. ...
... There are three noteworthy contrasts between common practices in faculty development for online teaching and instructional technology during the past decade and recommendations made in other, related research. First, while reviews of faculty development note a longstanding reliance on in-person support for both online learning and instructional technology (Belt & Lowenthal, 2020;Meyer & Murrell, 2014), researchers have stressed the value of providing faculty development in the same modality in which faculty will be teaching. Online professional development can model sound practices and provide faculty valuable experiences as online learners. ...
... Second, while Belt and Lowenthal (2020) noted a common use of staff to teach faculty about instructional technology, many researchers have advocated for greater use of peer learning in faculty development on instructional technology and online learning. As faculty interviewed by researchers value learning from other faculty, researchers have recommended peer-support formats such as learning communities (Belt & Lowenthal, 2020;Hauptman, 2015;Reilly et al., 2012;Richardson et al., 2020;Terosky & Heasley, 2014). Learning from faculty peers is often described positively by both faculty and researchers as a source of community, collegiality, and collaboration that can support faculty development for online teaching and faculty experimentation with instructional technology (Belt & Lowenthal, 2020;Terosky & Heasley, 2014). ...
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Despite many studies of faculty development for online teaching and instructional technology use, significant challenges confront those seeking to develop faculty with the digital literacy needed to function effectively and efficiently as online instructors, let alone “suddenly online” instructors. Much technology training involves staff teaching faculty, but faculty often use informal peer networks and choose technologies independently in ways that may hinder eLearning literacy. A “suddenly online” course design institute during the COVID-19 pandemic provided a valuable opportunity to explore how thoughtfully designed, responsive professional development incorporating peer support can foster faculty eLearning literacy. Quantitative and qualitative data from faculty participants in the “suddenly online” institute clarifies factors that impacted faculty online learning, their awareness of and ability to use technologies for eLearning, and the value of their “suddenly online” learning experience for supporting learners in a similar situation. Synthesizing participants’ insights with the designer-facilitator’s observations and secondary literature highlights the importance of peer support, integration of technology with design principles, and reflective activities in this “suddenly online” professional development. While affirming selected findings of previous studies, this article reconfigures sociomaterial practices such as peer learning as assets in a holistic view of eLearning literacy. Treating skills, habits of mind, and situated practices as all essential to eLearning literacy, this article demonstrates that faculty preferences such as peer learning need not be considered hindrances but rather can be viewed as resources to be leveraged through thoughtful, responsive design to build organizational capacity to support effective online or “suddenly online” learning.
... At the heart of this technological challenge are persistent contradictions. Much technology training involves staff teaching faculty (Belt & Lowenthal, 2020), but faculty often want peer-to-peer learning to share ideas and experiences on topics like using mobile technology in instruction (Hauptman, 2015). Yet in rejecting available formal training and seeking insight from informal peer networks of trusted colleagues rather than technology experts, faculty may pursue technology choices more independently and, as Herckis cautions, not develop digital literacy. ...
... There are three noteworthy contrasts between common practices in faculty development for online teaching and instructional technology during the past decade and recommendations made in other, related research. First, while reviews of faculty development note a longstanding reliance on in-person support for both online learning and instructional technology (Belt & Lowenthal, 2020;Meyer & Murrell, 2014), researchers have stressed the value of providing faculty development in the same modality in which faculty will be teaching. Online professional development can model sound practices and provide faculty valuable experiences as online learners. ...
... Second, while Belt and Lowenthal (2020) noted a common use of staff to teach faculty about instructional technology, many researchers have advocated for greater use of peer learning in faculty development on instructional technology and online learning. As faculty interviewed by researchers value learning from other faculty, researchers have recommended peer-support formats such as learning communities (Belt & Lowenthal, 2020;Hauptman, 2015;Reilly et al., 2012;Richardson et al., 2020;Terosky & Heasley, 2014). Learning from faculty peers is often described positively by both faculty and researchers as a source of community, collegiality, and collaboration that can support faculty development for online teaching and faculty experimentation with instructional technology (Belt & Lowenthal, 2020;Terosky & Heasley, 2014). ...
Technological literacy is integrated in various degrees in K-12 schools in the U.S. The sudden shift to online learning in the spring of 2020 highlights the importance of continuing these efforts. Early findings suggest that many students not only lacked access to computers and the Internet, they also lacked digital literacy skills to effectively navigate online courses. However, a broader understanding of technology is needed to fully participate. Technological literacy articulates how students understand technological concepts, innovation, and change, and encourages them to participate in civic discussions about these changes. As schools move to more sustained levels of online learning, this paper argues for an expanded notion of technological literacy to include a consideration of individual development.
... Beyond structural and cultural factors, faculty members' own knowledge and perspectives on what constitutes good education within a given context also informs their technology integration [7]. ...
... Beyond structural and cultural factors, faculty members' own knowledge and perspectives on what constitutes good education within a given context also informs their technology integration [7]. Such technology integration can also be underpinned by faculty confidence, Author NoteThis work was partially financially supported by the Office of Institutional Effectiveness Faculty Fellow Program, awarded to the first author of the work, who has no conflict of interests to disclose. ...
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The need for entirely online instruction as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic has raised many questions about university faculty readiness for online instruction and how to effectively support university faculty in integrating mobile technology into their practice. Previous research suggests subtypes of university faculty technology integration and in turn, a need for diversified approaches to professional development. However, such research is both limited and contested, and thus further research is needed. This multistudy examined whether there are qualitatively distinct faculty subtypes for mobile technology integration (Study 1: N = 83, Study 2: N = 45) based on their knowledge, self-efficacy, and attitudes towards mobile technology, and whether such subtypes, if indeed were present, were meaningfully associated with an adoption of mobile technology in the following semester. Findings from the latent profile analysis suggest five university faculty subtypes: Technology Enthusiasts, Knowledgeable Adopters, Prospective Adopters, Knowledgeable Skeptics, and Non-Adopters. Study 2 validates Study 1 findings. Findings illustrate that technology professional development opportunities only have value for certain university faculty groups and that resources would be better targeted elsewhere for faculty groups such as non-adopters. We discuss the implications of these findings for future efforts to support university faculty mobile technology integration.
... Faculty development is a broad area, responsible for many different goals. Providing faculty development specifically in the area of online teaching competes with many other demands on faculty time, many other priorities for faculty development, both pedagogical and non-pedagogical and even with other areas of technology not specific to online teaching (Belt & Lowenthal, 2020). ...
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Embedded within advice for starting simple with online, blended, or technology-enhanced teaching are practices that can be troublesome for some faculty who are learning to teach this way. For example, embedded within the principle of a clear, organized, navigable course can be the concept of chunking content into modules, the skills associated with screen casting and posting a course tour, and the practice of socializing students to the course organization through demonstration, explanation, and reinforcement. This empirical-qualitative study collected 123 cases of troublesome knowledge from 41 participants and analyzed them through Perkins’ troublesome knowledge framework. Results include subcategories and common themes across cases of inert, ritual, conceptually difficult, tacit, and foreign/alien knowledge. From these results, we recommend that faculty development approaches should take specific aspects and cases of troublesome knowledge into consideration for online teaching preparation.
... Dinmore (2019) provided recommendations for instructors to consider prior to developing videos (e.g., writing scripts to create efficiencies). Instructional designers can assist faculty with acclimating to technologies (see Belt & Lowenthal, 2020) as well as deconstructing video content into specific learning activities. Similarly, Beale et al. (2014) and Green et al. (2018) described engaging in peer review prior to developing videos as one way to help faculty develop concision in this medium. ...
The use of video has become commonplace in education today. Educators are engaging students with video communication technology more frequently than ever before, given COVID-19. However, questions remain on how instructors use video as a communication and teaching tool in online and blended courses. The purpose of this literature review was to synthesize research on the use of video as a teaching tool in online and blended courses. A systematic approach was used to identify 64 peer-reviewed studies published from 2010 to 2020. A qualitative synthesis of the studies resulted in four themes: delivering video lectures, fostering discussions with video, using video assessments and feedback, and creating video check-ins. Each theme and related research are discussed in the article. Gaps in the literature are identified and recommendations are made for future research.
... The instructional activities are usually on so-called staff teaching faculty bases. Other models also exist, including faculty teaching faculty, early-career faculty teaching faculty, and student teaching faculty [4]. There is a challenge for lecturers to shift from this passive to active learning strategies [44], and this challenge becomes even more significant in the context of a transition toward online teaching. ...
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The COVID-19 crisis is having a significant impact on the quality of life and future of young people; it can also lead to disruption in education. A disruption would pose a severe threat to the entire society in the postcrisis period. Therefore, educational institutions must respond quickly and ensure the continuity of the educational processes. Our research goal has been to develop and implement a model enabling a rapid transition from the traditional to the distance learning model in a state of emergency. Our focus has been on conceiving technical, organizational, and pedagogical changes that educational organizations need to implement to enable different interaction methods, ensure continuity, and provide high-quality education. We have defined and implemented a model, which is described in detail in this paper, thus giving guidelines for a rapid transition to distance learning, which is not restricted to the crisis times only. We have evaluated our approach by monitoring the IT solutions and surveying students and teachers at the School of Computing, Union University of Belgrade. The results indicate the high satisfaction of these participants in the educational processes. They imply the acceptability of prolonged distance learning, if needed, and embrace the hybrid education model for the next generation of students.
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The study aimed to demonstrate the level of satisfaction of Kuwait University (KU) students towards the practice of distance teaching and learning during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic from their point of view. In addition to revealing the effect of some independent variables (i.e., gender, type of specialization, and the university level) on the level of their satisfaction with this exceptional experience. It also intended to highlight and identify the obstacles and challenges encountered by KU students throughout the practice of distance education. This descriptive, analytical, and evaluative study adopted the mixed methods research design (a combination of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies). The online questionnaire, informal semi-structured interviews, and focus groups discussions were used to collect data. A stratified random sample of 2,035 university students from KU participated electronically in this research study - using information and communication technology (ICT) tools such as email, social networking/media apps, and video conferencing platforms - during the first semester of 2020/2021 academic year. The results indicated that the degree of satisfaction among the students at KU towards distance teaching and learning practice was generally "medium/average" (M = 2.76, SD = 1.02, RII = 0.55). Where the estimates of the students indicated that the degree of their satisfaction with the practice of distance education is "medium/average" in all of the study’s indicators. The findings of the study also revealed that there are statistically significant differences at the significance level of 0.01 between the responses of KU students with regard to the degree of their satisfaction with the practice of distance education due to the variables of gender (in favor of the male group), the type of specialization (in favor of the category of humanity specializations), and the university level (for the category of graduate students). As for the difficulties, challenges, and problems that students faced during this experiment, they were numerous as indicated by the results, the most prominent of which are the following: (1) technical problems related to the Internet, communication networks, software, and hardware (N = 1,252, % = 61.5), (2) lack of sympathy/concern, consideration, appreciation, and understanding for students’ technical problems, conditions, circumstances, and hold them accountabile for that by punishing/penalizing them (N = 545, % = 26.8), (3) the large amount of and difficult assignments or duties/tasks that the student is entrusted with completing and delivering in a short period (N = 421, % = 20.7), (4) not using the modern teaching and learning methods and strategies that deem appropriate for distance education, which caused difficulty in perception, understanding, and comprehension among students (N = 417, % = 20.5), (5) the short time given to students to take the tests (N = 414, % = 20.3), and (6) increased test difficulty (N = 284, % = 14.0). The study concluded with some recommendations.
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Clinical simulation is a teaching strategy that replicates medical situations in controlled environments. The COVID-19 pandemic created disruptions for healthcare simulation centers. As a response, the Universidad Anáhuac designed online clinical simulation practices and assessments. The pre-intervention survey showed skeptical medical students (59.15%) to continue this learning format. The intervention included neurology, cardiology, and gynecology topics supported by five faculty members and staff. Instruments were examination checklists to evaluate the clinical competence based on a 100 score and the Debriefing Assessment for Simulation in Healthcare (DASH) with a 1 (extremely ineffective) to 7 (extremely effective) score. Students received individual training by Zoom, including simulation practices, debriefing, and assessment. Even though it seemed impossible to address clinical skills by distance, simulation practices continued with online resources. Collaborative participation between faculty, students, and staff facilitated learning during the COVID-19 conditions.
Online courses can provide a worthwhile alternative to on-site Teacher Professional Development (TPD) especially in developing countries such as Kenya. This study was based on a training intervention which helped teachers to cope with the sudden turn of events that came after the government closed schools as one of the COVID-19 containment measures. A private university in Kenya designed and launched an online in-service course to respond to the needs of teachers amidst the pandemic. The university’s Teacher Enhancement Programme (TEP) realized that the training proved to be a game changer for the group of teachers who participated. The online training intervention enabled the teachers to get in touch with learners who were otherwise inaccessible. This study is a descriptive survey with both quantitative and qualitative data from a post survey questionnaire and a focused group discussion. The outcomes of the study indicated that online teacher enhancement programmes are an uncharted potential option for TPD even though there were challenges. The training intervention boosted teacher confidence in using technology to teach, and encouraged them to venture and discover more technology-based teaching tools on their own. The training intervention also led to improved teacher performance in the employment of emergency remote teaching within their learning institutions.
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The purpose of this case study was to investigate faculty perceptions of participating in a Faculty Learning Community (FLC) and how the FLC contributed toward their pedagogical use of e-portfolios. The researchers were also interested in faculty perceptions of the potential impact of e-portfolios on student learning. An online survey and focus group were used to collect data for this study. Results suggest that the FLC, as a professional development experience, enabled faculty at different levels of e-portfolio adoption, to learn from their peers, become more confident instructors, reflect on course design, and plan for changes in the instructional use of e-portfolios. Faculty reported that changes in instructional design through the intentional inclusion of e-portfolios can have a positive impact on student learning. Implications for practice are discussed.
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Abstract For transformation to occur in learning environments and for learners, higher education must first consider how such transformation will occur for the designers and facilitators of learning experiences: the university teachers or educators we call faculty (in the US), instructors, lecturers or professors or, in some instances, university staff. For the purpose of this article, we will refer to them as educators or faculty, and the process of their professional development as educational development or faculty development (more historically common in the US context). We aspire towards universities in the future that cultivate connected, participatory educational development that crosses institutional and national boundaries, and which takes equity, social justice and power differences into consideration, promoting educator agency. We propose theoretical underpinnings of our approach, while also highlighting some examples of recent practice that inspire this direction, but which are small in scale, and can provide springboards for future approaches that may be applied on a wider scale and become more fully integrated, supported and rewarded in institutions. Our theoretical underpinnings are influenced by theories of heutagogy and self-determined learning, transformative learning, connectivist and connected learning, and an interest in equity. We share models of alternative approaches to educator development that take advantage of the latest advances in technology, such as #DigPINS, Virtually Connecting, collaborative annotation, and dual-pathway MOOCs. We then share a semi-fictional authoethnography of our (the authors’) daily connected lives, and we end by highlighting elements of the models we shared that we feel could be adapted by institutions to achieve educator professional development that is more transformative, participatory, and equitable.
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Purpose: From a decade of technology-focused faculty development, the authors recognized that academic physicians adopt educational technology at varying rates and with variable confidence. This work is an exploration of the phenomenon of technology courage and how the concept can inform faculty development. Method: Qualitative methods of interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) were used. Faculty interviews were transcribed using Google Docs voice typing. Data were analyzed, themes developed, and supportive narratives were identified using IPA methodology. Results: Two themes emerged. The theme of Willingness includes willingness to try, explore, or risk learning a new technology; and willingness to persist in the face of fear or anxiety. The theme of Benefit Evaluation relates to motivators for technology courage, i.e., assessing benefit to self and learners before learning and using a new technology. Conclusions: From a theme analysis, a definition of technology courage has emerged: willingness to try and to persist when using a new technology because of perceived benefit to self and/or others. The authors discuss how further research of the construct might be guided by theoretical frameworks of grit, self-efficacy, teacher identity, and generational learning differences. Recommendations are offered on how the construct of technology courage can be valuable for technology-focused faculty development
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The aim of this study was to investigate whether an online community of practice (OCoP) approach can be a viable alternative form of technology professional development (TPD) for teachers. In line with this aim, the Webheads in Action (WiA) community, members of which were mainly English as a foreign language (EFL) teachers gathered online to learn more about educational uses of technology, was selected as the case to be studied. A mixed method research approach following convenience sampling strategy was adopted which combined the use of questionnaires (n= 44) and interviews (n= 24). In order to support findings, members' interactions within the public space of the community were also collated for a period of nine months. Both quantitative (questionnaire) and qualitative (interview) results suggested that participation in the WiA community led to members' perceived TPD. Moreover, significant differences in questionnaire results, supported with interview data, were observed among members with different levels of participation (e.g. peripheral, active, and core). This finding highlighted the importance of participation and collaboration in online learning environments. It is concluded that teachers should be encouraged to participate in OCoPs for their professional development and the creation of OCoPs appealing to different areas of professional development should be supported.
This chapter conveys the results of an original research study conducted in 2013-2014 to analyze the perceptions of faculty during a learning management system transition (frequent technology change or adoption). The purpose of the study is to determine if faculty perceptions of adopting new technology have an effect on their stress levels; thereby, affecting faculty preparedness. The literature indicates that higher Technological Self-Efficacy (TSE) should result in lower stress levels. Data analysis reveals faculty who indicated having moderate proficiency of TSE (45%) and possessing moderate stress levels (45%); having somewhat proficiency of TSE (27%) and possessing minor stress levels (32%); and having extreme proficiency of TSE (20%), yet possessing serious stress levels (14%). While these findings differ from other current literature findings, the literature does support the notion that higher stress levels have implications on faculty perceptions, behaviors, and preparedness (Iqbal & Kokash, 2011).
Given the variety of learning and engagement needs of the increasingly diverse student population in higher education, flexible approaches to teaching are critical for improving student success. Professional development that provides faculty exposure to effective, evidence-based instructional strategies in an online context may enhance their teaching practices. This study explored the advantages and disadvantages of the online context from the perspectives of ten faculty who completed an online disability awareness program, designed using two promising models: Universal Design for Instruction and Community of Inquiry. Thematic analysis of the qualitative results indicated control of pace, flexibility, and continued access to resources were benefits of the online context, while lack of social interaction, intrinsic motivation, and accountability were challenges for faculty in completing professional development online. Implications for designing and promoting online faculty professional development are presented.