Educational Technology in Practice

Research and Practical Case Studies from the Field

Edited by:
Wanjira Kinuthia, Georgia State University
Stewart Marshall, The University of the West Indies

A volume in the series: Educational Design and Technology in the Knowledge Society. Editor(s): Stewart Marshall, The University of the West Indies. Wanjira Kinuthia, Georgia State University.

Published 2010

The field of educational technology is one that requires a high level of problem solving critical thinking, and interpersonal skills to solve problems that are often complex and multi-dimensional. Analyzing cases provides an opportunity to explore professional issues through an environment that allows action researchers, practitioners and students to analyze and reflect on relevant theories and techniques to understand a real problem, ponder solutions and consequences, and develop responses. Hence, this book seeks to provide relevant authentic and realistic cases for such exploration.

This book is guided by the premise that the cases presented will serve as a platform for researchers, practitioners and students to share experiences and best practices in both developing and developed contexts, in an endeavor to bridge the knowledge divide. Throughout the book, various challenges are addressed and educational technology tools and strategies are subsequently employed in an effort to minimize the issues. Notwithstanding, the book also highlights successes and accomplishments in areas and contexts in which educational technology is being harnessed, including reaching more learners, providing more affordable options, and building capacity.

Because of the interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary nature of the field and the cases, this book is useful not only in educational technology, but also in other fields. A “Facilitator Guide” is provided for each chapter for educators with their learners.

Introduction: Educational Technology in Practice: Research and Practical Case Studies from the Field, Wanjira Kinuthia and Stewart Marshall. SECTION 1: MATERIALS, METHODS, AND MODALITIES. Transforming Distance Business Education to Web-Enhanced Delivery, Anouk Janssens-Bevernage and Sue Dark. Developing and Using an Open Source Learning Content Management System in the Caribbean, Margaret Bernard, Anil Ramnanan and Rajendra G. Singh. Instructional Material Development and Implementation: Opening Access to Lesotho Higher Education through Open and Distance Learning Material, Mantina V. Mohasi and Manthoto H. Lephoto. Rethinking Corporate E-Learning: The Case of GAC World, Anouk Janssens-Bevernage. SECTION 2: TECHNOLOGY IM PLEMETATION AND INTEGRATION ISSUES. ICTs in Tertiary Education: A Case Study from Ghana, Anna Bon. Distance and Flexible Learning at the University of the South Pacific: Computer Science Challenges, Jennifer C. Evans and Valentine A. R. Hazelman. Actualizing Accessibility in E-Learning (at a University), Shalin Hai-Jew. Wireless Mobility Usage: A Preliminary Qualitative Study for Management in Two Australian University Settings, Neville Meyers, Heather Gray, Greg Hearn, Louis Sanzogni, and Sandra Lawrence. Case Study of Technology Integration in Cambodia, Jayson W. Richardson. SECTION 3: STUDENT ENGAGEMENT AND LEARNING. Evaluation of an Online Social Constructivist Tool Based on a Secondary School Experience in a Middle East Country, Ayse Kok. Engagement Modes of Older Adults Using Information Technology, Heather L. Gray. Teaching and Learning Undergraduate Mathematics in an Online University, Teresa Sancho-Vinuesa and Albert Gras-Martí. Designing Tele-Collaborative Learning Projects to Maximize Student Learning: A Case of the Global Teenager Project in Zimbabwe, Lockias Chitanana. SECTION 4: BUILDING CAPACITY. Using Technology to Meet the Educational Aspirations of a Nation: Macro-Level Plans and Micro-Level Needs, V.T. Revathi Sampath Kumaran. Exploring ICT use for Distance Education in Ghana, Olivia A. T. F. Kwapong and Willie K. Ofosu. Capacity Building in Distance Education: A University of Papua New Guinea Open College Experience, Samuel Haihuie, Janet Rangou, and Abdul Mannan. E-Learning for Public Health Education in Southern Africa: Secure the Future Fellowship Program at MEDUNSA, SECTION 5: USING TECHNOLOGY FOR PERFORMANCE IM PROVEMENT AND PRODUCTIVITY ENHANCEMENT. Online Faculty Development Endeavour in Educational Technology: The Faculty Experience of Anadolu University in Turkey, Isil Kabakci and Hatice Ferhan Odabasi. Teaching with Technology in Hong Kong Primary Schools: A Qualitative Study of Staffing Factors, Kit-pui Wong. A Case Study of E-Learning to Sustain Small Schools in Rural Canada, Ken Stevens. Mobile Technology for Improved Productivity: Analysis of an In-Field Trial at an Australian University, Heather Gray, Heath Marks, Neville Meyers, Wendy Jones, Greg Hearn, and Louise Sanzogni. About the Editors. About the Contributors.