Issues And Challenges Of Instructional Technology Specialists In Alberta Colleges
Margaret Spence, Margaret Haughey
CJLT Volume 31, Number 1, ISSN 1499-6677 e-ISSN 1499-6677 Publisher: Canadian Network for Innovation in Education
Under pressure to become more cost effective and competitive in the delivery of educational courses and programs, Alberta colleges have identified the integration of communication and information technologies as an appropriate response to these fiscal demands. This requires highly skilled computer and communication technologists who are both technology specialists and pedagogical experts. Twenty-eight Instructional Technology Specialists at fourteen Alberta colleges responded to a written survey. Follow-up interviews were held with seven respondents. Respondents perceived the college’s administration as lacking understanding of the implications of integrating technology into teaching and uncertain about ongoing funding for projects. As Instructional Technology Specialists they brought a variety of backgrounds and experiences to their work. They provided a broad range of services and maintained currency through ongoing formal and informal professional development. For these IT Specialists, their concerns are about growth and a better balance between the technical and pedagogical aspects of technology.
Spence, M., Haughey, M. & Haughey, M. (2005). Issues And Challenges Of Instructional Technology Specialists In Alberta Colleges. Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology / La revue canadienne de l’apprentissage et de la technologie, 31(1),. Canadian Network for Innovation in Education. Retrieved March 21, 2023 from https://www.learntechlib.org/p/42866/.
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