Headline findings: Teacher Technology Survey 2014

Launched in 2014, the Teacher Technology Survey was designed to better understand usage and attitudes of teaching staff relating to technology in various learning and teaching contexts at Navitas. This first survey was conducted in the PEP division (Professional and English Programs).

Technology is already a core element in our students’ educational experience, whether we notice it or not. This survey asks about technologies such as smartboards and lecture capture in classrooms, but also learning management systems, web conferencing tools, e-portfolios, synchronous and asynchronous tools used in online and blended delivery formats.

Research objectives for this survey:

  • Assess the current extent and variations in technology use among teaching staff
  • Explore attitudinal factors relating to the use of technology in learning and teaching
  • Gauge understanding of pedagogical applications of technology
  • Understand perceived gaps in technology knowledge and skills and PD needs relating to these
  • Identify teacher needs in relation to technology in teaching and learning contexts
  • Highlight areas for future development and innovation.

Short on time? Here are some headline findings from the survey:

  • Approximately 80% of teaching staff express positivity about using technology in teaching
  • Ownership of certain technology devices is high (laptops, smartphones) and is also reflected in the use of these devices in teaching and preparation. ELICOS benchmarking suggests that ownership of mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones is increasing, along with the use of these devices in teaching
  • Large-scale technology rollouts appear to have a positive impact on teacher attitudes towards technology, but also raise the level of expectation about campus technology, Professional Development and support
  • Teaching staff show a keen appetite for learning about technology, especially applying it in teaching contexts rather than just the ‘technical’ basics. Multimedia stands out as a particular area of interest for further guidance and Professional Development
  • The biggest reported barrier to using technology is lack of knowledge and confidence. Practical obstacles such as time and access are also acknowledged, but to a lesser degree
  • Teaching colleagues play an important role for all in idea-sharing and supporting each other, but many need encouragement to actively share and communicate about technology in different ways.

To continue the conversation or see a copy of the full report, email Lucy.Blakemore@navitas.com or get in touch on Yammer.

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