Supporting Faculty in Adopting Emerging Learning Technologies

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The 21st Century Report released by CDW-G confirms an increasing trend of rising student expectations for technology on campus:

  • 63% of current college students indicate that campus technology was a critical factor in their college choice
  • 93% of current high school students indicate that campus technology is a critical factor in their college choice, 95% expect to use technology in some or all of their classes, and 76% say they are using social media as an educational tool
  • College students surveyed believe that the primary obstacle to further integration of emerging learning technologies into the classroom is that many faculty do not know how to use the technologies effectively
  • Faculty list the same obstacle, ranking it as the second most important barrier (after lack of budget)

In response to last year's report from CDW-G (which also emphasized student dissatisfaction with faculty use of technology in the classroom), we gathered insights from Patricia McGee, associate professor of instructional technology at the University of Texas at San Antonio, on approaches to providing initial, tailored training for faculty in interactive learning technologies.

For this article, we turned to Jerome Waldron, CIO at Salisbury University and the designer of a highly successful center for instructional design and delivery at his campus, for further advice on how to offer long-term and more personalized support for faculty, even on a minimal budget.


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