Teaching Technology Adoption by Tertiary Institutions: What Part do Personal Values Play?

By Dale J. Trott, Lisa K. Bricknell, Tania Signal and Karena Burke.

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Tertiary institutions are increasingly looking to emerging technologies as a means of enhancing teaching and the student experience. The focus of this study was to determine if personal values had an effect on adoption of teaching technologies and academics awareness of their personal and oragnisation’s values. The study was undertaken in a workshop with nine academics at a teaching technology conference in the United States of America. Academics were asked to reflect on the types of technology used in their teaching, the influence of organisational values in adoption of emerging teaching technology, as well as their understanding of their own personal values. In addressing these questions, the Schwartz Value Survey (SVS) was used to examine individual awareness of personal values but also reflect on organisational values and the part these both play in the eventual adoption of emerging teaching technologies. The findings were that whether conscious or otherwise, personal values play a part in the adoption of teaching technology, and for better or worse should be considered when adopting technology for teaching and learning.

Keywords: Personal Values, Organisational Values, Teaching Technology, Tertiary Institution, Learning and Teaching, Higher Education

International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 8, Issue 4, pp.151-162. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 383.276KB).

Dale J. Trott

Lecturer in Occuptational Health and Safety, School of Health and Human Services, Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Health, CQUniversity, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia

Dale Trott is a Lecturer in Occupational Health and Safety. He coordinates the career development program for early career academics, ACADEME, at CQUniversity. Dale is also the first year student experience coordinator for the Occupational Health and Safety Program. As well, until recently, he also coordinated a networking program for Occupational Health and Safety Professionals and students. Dale teaches in the generalist field of Occupational Health and Safety, with particular specialisation in risk management. In 2006 Dale was awarded the CQUniversity Vice Chancellor’s Award for Early Career Academics for Excellence in Learning and Teaching. In 2011, he commenced his Ph.D. research on the topic of personal values and their influence on academics.

Lisa K. Bricknell

Lecturer in Environmental Health, School of Health and Human Services, Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Health, CQUniversity, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia

Lisa Bricknell is a Lecturer in Environmental Health and the Program Coordinator for the Bachelor of Environmental Health offered by distance education at CQUniversity Australia. Lisa specialises in the field of environmental toxicology and risk assessment, with particular expertise in mycotoxicology. Her main interests in learning and teaching are in the field of online delivery and, in 2010, Lisa won the CQUniversity Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Learning and Teaching. In 2011, she was a recipient of an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning as a result of her work in flexible curriculum design and delivery.

Dr. Tania Signal

Senior Lecturer in Psychology, School of Health and Human Services, Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Health, CQUniversity, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia

Tania is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology and Sociology, CQUniversity Australia. Her research interest is human animal studies, in particular, the human-animal violence connection from a psychological perspective.

Dr. Karena Burke

Senior Lecturer in Psychology, School of Health and Human Services, Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Health, CQUniversity, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia

Karena is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology, and is the current coordinator of the 4th Year Honours and Graduate Diploma programs in Psychology. Karena’s primary research interests are in the areas of preventive health, adjustment, and well-being at both individual and organisational levels and the development of health concepts in children. Her other research interests are in the role of food and food choices in health, well-being and development, and is currently conducting a range of projects examining the factors that influence food choices, and the difficulties faced by those with food intolerances and food allergies.

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