The challenges we face: A professional identity analysis of learning technology implementation
Geertshuis, Susan; Liu, Qian
Institutionally implemented learning technologies are often not adopted or are underused by academic staff. We aimed to better understand this problem by drawing on the notion of professional identity to explore the challenges academic staff experienced when they were to adopt a replacement learning management system (LMS). We describe a single case study approach in which focus group discussions, workshop evaluation data and documents are analysed. We found that challenges academic staff faced lay in the technology being a threat to professional identity, in the sense-making process, and in the diverse and individually distinct nature of teachers’ professional identities. Institutional support offered to facilitate staff adoption appeared not to fully address these challenges. The implications for academic development and technology implementation are explored.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Published in: Innovations in Education and Teaching International
Keywords: Professional identity; learning technology; adoption; learning management system; higher education
Research Type: Journal Article
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