Modern Day Challenges in Academia
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Modern Day Challenges in Academia

Time for a Change

Edited by Marilena Antoniadou and Mark Crowder

Examining the modern day challenges faced by academics throughout their working lives, this timely book investigates the ways in which academic careers are changing, the reasons for these changes and their potential future impacts. Contributors with insider experience of both traditional research focussed universities and newer institutions with an emphasis on teaching, utilise theoretical and empirical methods to provide international perspectives on the key issues confronting modern day academics.
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Chapter 15: Apps and smartphone technology acceptance: lecturers’ likelihood of using interactive polling systems in the lecture theatre

Dane Anderton

Abstract

The aim of this chapter is to investigate the likelihood of lecturers in higher education adopting interactive technology in the lecture theatre. The technology acceptance model (TAM) has been a widely used and rigorously applied model within educational research. Limited work has been done on TAM with lecturers in higher education, and even less so with interactive technologies, such as smartphone devices. This chapter is based on a quantitative study using a questionnaire administered to all lecturing staff within a selected university. Generally, the technology is accepted but there are significant variables within the data that suggest this is not the case across the sample. The results showed some interesting findings relating to gender, role and age. The chapter suggests that most respondents believe more people are using interactive smartphone technology than actually declare this. An outcome to resolve this for new and existing staff is to create an opportunity within existing forums for people to share technology expertise and apparatus. Furthermore, there is a need to tailor training and development or mentoring to increase awareness of the benefits, risks and operationalisation of this technology across universities.

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