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Obstacle or Opportunity? Digital Thresholds in Professional Development

Journal of Faculty Development Volume 26, Number 3, ISSN 0736-7627


Using the Threshold Concepts Framework, I explore places where faculty frequently get stuck when attempting to adopt new technologies. They may be held back by preconceptions that technology is superfluous to traditional teaching methods or believe that they must understand the technology perfectly before introducing it into their teaching. Drawing on formal and informal sources of information, faculty developers can facilitate movement across these thresholds to the realization that experimenting with technology is a necessary approach to understanding how integral it is to the teaching and learning process.


McGowan, S. (2012). Obstacle or Opportunity? Digital Thresholds in Professional Development. Journal of Faculty Development, 26(3), 25-28. Retrieved April 21, 2021 from .

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