Factors affecting educational innovation with in class electronic response systems


  • Mark Freeman The University of Sydney
  • Amani Bell The University of Sydney
  • Carole Comerton-Forde The University of Sydney
  • Joanne Pickering The University of Sydney
  • Paul Blayney The University of Sydney




This paper reports the use of Rogers' diffusion of innovation perspective to understand the factors affecting educational innovation decisions, specifically in regard to in class electronic response systems. Despite decreasing costs and four decades of research showing strong student support, academic adoption is limited. Using data collected from academic users, non-adopters and other stakeholders reflecting on factors known to affect innovation diffusion, we find issues of cultural compatibility, complexity and relative advantage to be the most critical aspects affecting adoption decisions. These issues partially negate the benefits of increased in class interaction and student engagement. Suggestions for overcoming these issues are discussed.


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Freeman, M., Bell, A., Comerton-Forde, C., Pickering, J., & Blayney, P. (2007). Factors affecting educational innovation with in class electronic response systems. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 23(2). https://doi.org/10.14742/ajet.1262