Technology enhanced learning in the higher education classroom : educators as change agents

Charlesworth, Zarina M. (Haute école de gestion Arc, HES-SO // Haute Ecole Spécialisée de Suisse Occidentale ; Haute école d'ingénierie et de gestion du canton de Vaud, HES-SO // Haute Ecole Spécialisée de Suisse Occidentale) ; Sarrasin, Natalie B. (University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO Valais-Wallis))

This paper reports on research related to bringing about technology-related change in the higher education classroom. The central research question was how to promote and support evolving paradigms in teaching and learning through those who are key in this change, namely the educators themselves. Starting from a constructivist view on the use of technology in education the theoretical base was expanded to include literature on change. Action research was the methodology used. It was implemented through a series of interactive workshops on technology-related pedagogical innovation and the creation of a virtual community. Initial results suggest that breaking away from tradition and embracing change does indeed start at an individual level, however, structured discussion and exchange not only encourage and support but also instil the confidence necessary to incite one to experiment in their delivery. The paper closes with suggestions for developing educators as change agents.


Conference Type:
full paper
Faculty:
Economie et Services
School:
HEG Arc
Institute:
IDO - Institut de Digitalisation des institutions
Subject(s):
Economie/gestion
Publisher:
Hämeenlinna, Finland, 29 November - 2 December 2017
Date:
2017-11
Hämeenlinna, Finland
29 November - 2 December 2017
Pagination:
Pp. 268-277
Published in:
Proceedings of the European Association for Practitioner Research on Improving Learning (EAPRIL) 2017 Conference
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