Information Technology Integration in Higher Education: A Novel Approach for Impact Assessment
Abdulkareem Al-Alwani, Yanbu University College
iJET Volume 9, Number 6, ISSN 1863-0383 Publisher: International Journal of Emerging Technology in Learning, Kassel, Germany
In the current technological world of Information services, academic systems are also in the process of adapting information technology solutions. Information systems vary for different applications and specifically in academia domain, a range of information systems are available for different institutions worldwide. Integration of e-learning can optimize implementation of computer-based and computer-assisted educational processes at all levels. Therefore it is imperative to assess and evaluate integration of these information systems because they have serious impact on e-learning processes. In this study an instrument survey is presented for evaluating integration of information technology systems and practices in an educational environment. Survey is constructed using descriptive questions related to information technology tools to assess qualitative impact and usage of such tools. Critical feedback, analysis and suggestions from 25 educationists played a pivotal role in finalizing proposed survey questionnaire. A subsequent test evaluation by teachers and students is also carried out to assess adequate utilization of information systems in Yanbu University College. The results showed that feedback using this survey can help in identifying technological gaps and facilitate effective integration of information technology in an educational environment. Survey instrument proposed in this research can greatly enhance integration of IT tools as it can identify shortcomings by collecting statistical data from feedback of both faculty and students. Solution to these problems is deterministic and can be easily implemented to optimize overall performance of e-learning systems.
Al-Alwani, A. (2014). Information Technology Integration in Higher Education: A Novel Approach for Impact Assessment. International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning (iJET), 9(6), 32-36. Kassel, Germany: International Journal of Emerging Technology in Learning.