Teachers' Perceptions and Experiences in Adopting “E-learning Blackboard”
Technology has become an integral part of our society today and as pressure is exerted upon educational systems to implement new technologies, teachers' abilities to respond to change and innovation become key factors for success. If organisations are to function effectively, it is important the people who work in them are able to adapt to change and deal with the uncertainties of transition periods. The management of change, the human aspects as well as the technical considerations can, therefore, be seen as an important area for both organisation study and practice. By understanding the process of adaptation and adoption, school administrators and others will be better able to assist staff to deal with the change affecting them.
The aim of this research is to investigate E-learning black board system virtual learning related to e-learning and virtual learning syatem and adopting a new technology known as the “Blackboard” Learning System.
Table of Contents
CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION5
Purpose of Study5
Background to the Study6
Teachers' Learning Environments9
Innovation Adoption in Schools11
Statement of the Problem12
Significance of the Study13
CHAPTER 2: A REVIEW OF RELATED LITERATURE15
Change and Teachers Coping with Technological Change15
Teachers' Resistance to Technological Change19
The Impact of Technology on Teaching21
The Impact of Technology on Learning23
Teachers and Technology Integration in Classrooms25
CHAPTER 3: METHODOLOGY AND PROCEDURES29
Characteristics of Qualitative Research Study29
Rationale for the Case Study Methodology31
The Research Setting and Participants32
Data Sources and Collection Procedures33
CHAPTER 4: RESULTS OF DATA ANALYSIS35
Interviews, Observations and School Documents35
Teachers' Workload/Time Management40
Enhancing Student Learning44
CHAPTER 5: FINDINGS, CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS49
Summary of Findings49
Findings Related to Research Questions50
Limitation of Study58
Recommendations to Improve Practice and for Further Research61
Recommendations for Schools61
Recommendations for Classroom Teachers63
Chapter 1: Introduction
To understand the process by which teachers come to integrate new technology into their teaching practices, the researcher undertook a yearlong investigation into new technology integration in the curriculum of a Manchester Business School. The purpose of this research study was to investigate teachers' perceptions and experiences in adopting a new technology known as the “Blackboard” Learning System (Release 6) as a case study in a Manchester Business School in Manchester.
The introduction of this new program in 2004 was significant, not only for the teachers, but also for their students. The new computer program has meant major changes to how subjects are taught and how students are assessed. The impact of a mandated change process on the teachers within the school, especially the introduction and integration of the new technology on the direct users of that technology, was also investigated.
Purpose of Study
The purpose of this study is to look at the impact of the integration of the “Blackboard” computer program on a group of teachers in one school. To further understanding, this study investigated teachers' perceptions of the new learning technology. The study focused specifically on the teachers directly affected by the change and the factors that affected their integration, or otherwise, of the new program. The study explored the direct users' perceptions and experiences of the program by interviewing them on three separate occasions prior to, during, ...