Edited by John Ishiyama, William J. Miller and Eszter Simon
Chapter 25: Integrating technology into the classroom
Recent advancements in information technologies (ITs) have made their use very popular in a variety of arenas, and higher education is no exception. Whereas two decades ago only a few devices counted as ‘information technology’, namely the overhead projector, television, video and computer, today it is possible to identify a large variety of technologies that people use in their daily lives and that can become helpful for learning too. Some examples of these are online discussion forums, podcasting, audience response systems, online blogs, social bookmarking, wikis, Facebook, Twitter and multimedia CDs. The popularity of information technologies as learning tools stems from the fact that ITs can bring a number of benefits for university learners and teachers. Previous studies have found that technologies stimulate interactivity, facilitate peer learning and improve feedback, which is especially valuable in large classes. Also, IT was reported to enhance learning in courses with rapidly changing content (Pleschova 2010).
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