Adoption of educational technology ten years after setting strategic goals: A Canadian university case

  • George Zhou University of Windsor
  • Judy Xu University of Alberta


Through surveys, focus groups and interviews, this study examines technology adoption at a large Canadian university ten years after setting a strategic plan, explores the interplay between instructors' concepts of teaching and use of technology, and searches for the best solutions to help them use technology more effectively. Results showed that whilst 90% of respondents were using computers in teaching, there is still much to do in helping them to increase the effectiveness of their use of technology. While the university reward system needs to offer better recognition of the scholarship of using computers, rationales for technology adoption and successful cases demonstrating the effectiveness of technology integration are essential to encourage and improve the use of computers. Professional development needs to move beyond technical workshops to include pedagogy oriented mentorship amongst practitioners.


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Author Biographies

George Zhou, University of Windsor
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Windsor
Judy Xu, University of Alberta
Technology Coordinator, Department of Physics, University of Alberta