Sceptical towards technical innovations

Sceptical towards technical innovations

Problem

Instructors are often not open towards using new technology and new ways of teaching

Description

  • The decision for introducing new technology (e.g., a new learning platform) is sometimes made without involving the instructors, so they are not fully informed about what that implies and what the potential benefits are
  • They are confronted with a new tool and sometimes do not get trained in using it
  • When trainings are conducted they usually focus on technical aspects and less on how to integrate it in teaching in a didactically meaningful way
  • Instructors are not easily convinced to change their way of teaching unless they have experienced the benefits themselves or seen examples of how it may work
  • Some may lack basic technical competencies and therefore find the task of using new technology intimidating
  • Students may know more than the instructor, thus the instructor may feel uncomfortable being perceived as less competent than the students

Context

University, further education

Solutions

  • Involve instructors in the decision process when choosing new technology
  • Conduct a workhop where they can experience personally how it works and what positive effects may result
  • Offer classes to develop their technical and didactical skills in using this technology
  • Provide technical support to assist them when problems occur in practice
  • Facilitate the paradigm shift from the instructor being considered the expert who imparts knowledge onto students to a more collaborative view where instructors are facilitators of the process and may also learn something from their students

Dependencies

  • Prior knowledge of the instructors
  • Acceptance management
  • Availability of funding for training and support

Comments

  • The best way to change old ways is learning-by-doing!

Keywords (Tags)

teacher training