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Influences and Barriers to the Adoption of Instructional Technology

Mid-South Instructional Technology Conference,


This study at the State University of West Georgia examined barriers and influences to faculty adoption of technology into instruction. The sample for the study was the 348 full-time faculty at the university. A survey was designed to determine the faculty's self-reported knowledge and use of technology, factors influencing their use of technology, and perceived barriers to the use of technology in the classroom. Faculty were also asked about the importance of instructional technology to their teaching and if they would continue to adopt new technology. The following factors influencing use of technology were ranked: improved student learning; advantage over traditional teaching; equipment availability; increased student interest; ease of use; compatibility with discipline; time needed to learn; materials in discipline; compatibility with materials; training; administrative support; personal comfort; and colleague use. The data showed the faculty recognized common barriers to instructional technology as well as influences that helped them overcome the barriers. (Contains 28 references.) (MES)


Beggs, T.A. (2000). Influences and Barriers to the Adoption of Instructional Technology. Presented at Mid-South Instructional Technology Conference 2000. Retrieved August 7, 2022 from .

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