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Considerations for an iPad Professional Development Conference

  1. 1. Considerations for a Professional Development Program to Support iPads in Higher Education Teaching by Rebecca Hogue PhD Candidate, University of Ottawa rebecca.hogue@uottawa.ca Twitter: @rjhogue Blog: rjh.goingeast.ca @rjhogue
  2. 2. Definitions Term Definition Technology An individual's acceptance of a technology Adoption Teaching All activities performed by teachers in the practice administration, preparation, delivery, and evaluation of instruction iPDP iPad Professional Development Program Pre-Adoption Teachers who do not yet use the iPad to Learner support teaching practice Post-Adoption Teachers who use the iPad to support Learner teaching practice @rjhogue
  3. 3. iPad Professional Development Program (iPDP) @rjhogue
  4. 4. Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) • Quantitative measure that predicts whether an individual will adopt a new technology • Two key variables - ease-of-use and perceived usefulness • To increase adoption, increase the learner's: – Perception on how easy the device is to use – Perception of how useful the device is @rjhogue
  5. 5. Technology • Product technology: The hardware and software aspects • Idea technology: The usefulness aspect - specifically the workflows that describe how the product is used • Introducing the learner’s to idea technologies (contextualized ways in which the product is used) increases adoption @rjhogue
  6. 6. Time • Calendar time is requires for learners to absorb the information about the new technology and reflect upon how that technology can be adapted to their workflow • An iPDP needs activities that are spread out over time @rjhogue
  7. 7. Individual Beliefs • Compatibility with individuals beliefs is important • Avoid associating the technology with a specific teaching strategy or pedagogy • Begin by using technology to support common tasks (like checking email), before introducing ideas that require a change in beliefs • Beliefs are more likely to be changed if peers socialize the ideas @rjhogue
  8. 8. Organizations Structures • Organizational policies and practices will either help or hinder adoption • In higher education, change will be faster if it is initiated by professors • Requirements to score high on teaching, lead to a lack of innovation • Identify stakeholders and idea leaders - those who have influence over how peers adapt new ideas @rjhogue
  9. 9. Evaluation • Determines whether or not the program was a success • Need to study an individual's use over time • One useful measure: Impact of a lost device and how that impact changes over time • TAM - measuring perceived usefulness and ease-of-use and how the values change over time @rjhogue
  10. 10. iPad Professional Development Program (iPDP) @rjhogue
  11. 11. Design Considerations • Benefit both pre-adoption and post-adoption learners • Include a learning intervention (e.g. workshop) that aims to increase pre-adoption learner's perceptions on usefulness and ease-of-use • Integrate both product technology and idea technology • Demonstrate useful apps with workflow in a context that learners understand • Begin with familiar activity before challenging beliefs • Seek out stakeholders and idea leaders to provide context and champion the program @rjhogue
  12. 12. Delivery Considerations • Provide ways to share new idea technology (that is, workflows) at regular intervals • Provide multiple training interventions spread out over time • Use post-adoption learners (peers) to encourage change in beliefs of pre-adoption learners @rjhogue
  13. 13. Evaluation Considerations • Repeat evaluations over various time frames (in the beginning, after each intervention, and at the 3- and 6- month marks) to measure the change in the organization • Evaluate by measuring the impact of individual's loss of a device • Evaluate individual's perceptions using the TAM: – Ease-of-use – Perceived usefulness @rjhogue
  14. 14. Thank-you. Questions? by Rebecca Hogue PhD Candidate, University of Ottawa rebecca.hogue@uottawa.ca Twitter: @rjhogue Blog: rjh.goingeast.ca @rjhogue

Editor's Notes

  • Hello my name is Rebecca Hogue and I’m a PhD candidate at the University of Ottawa and Ottawa Canada. In this presentation I will be discussing the considerations for a professional development program to support iPads in higher education teaching. If you wish to tweet during this presentation, I welcome your comments, please include my twitter handle in your tweets.
  • To begin, I’m going to L1 a few definitions so that were using common terminology.When I talk about technology adoption, I’m talking about in individuals acceptance of the technology.By teaching practice I mean all activities performed by teachers in the administration, preparation, delivery, and evaluation of instruction. For example, this includes things like checking email, communicating with students, and scheduling events, as well as using the iPad in the delivery of a lesson.
  • I divided the considerations for an iPad professional development program into six categories based upon the literature. These categories are: technology acceptance model, technology, time, individual beliefs, organizational structures, and evaluation. In the following slides I’m going to review each of these in more detail.
  • The technology acceptance model or Tam, is a well-established quantitative measure that predicts whether an individual will adopt a new technology. The TAM has two key variables ease-of-use and perceived usefulness. That is, if the user believes the technology is easy to use and they believe that the technology is useful than they are more likely to adopt that technology. From an iPDP perspective this means that to increase a learner’s adoption of the technology, we need to include components in our program that increase the learner’s perception of how easy the devices to use and how useful the device is.
  • Technology can be broken down into two separate areas, that of product technology and idea technology. Product technology refers to the hardware and software aspects of technology. In this case that is, the iPad iOS operating system, and the apps associated with the device. In disarray poses an interesting challenge in iPad professional development programs, because the capabilities of the iPad him and the apps are changing so quickly. Any program needs to have built into it the ability to adapt to the newer capabilities.Idea technology on the other hand is the usefulness focus of the technology. Here we look at describing actual use-cases or workflows. That is, processes that demonstrate how to use the device within a given context. For example, within higher education I may describe workflows on how to mark papers using the iPad.Because idea technology is directly associated with usefulness, introducing learners to idea technologies that is contextual ways in which the product is used, increases adoption.
  • Another consideration when developing a program, it is the need for calendar time to support adoption. I’m sure most of you and this ran can relate to a time when you attended a single two or three hour workshop that was intended to introduce you to need technology, where all the workshop succeeded in doing was providing you with information overload. Learners need time to absorb I need technology and adapt to it. This process is not instantaneous, and time needs to be allowed to pass as part of the adoption process.As a result of successful iPad adoption program should involve activities that occur spread out over a calendar interval. For example, activities that are once a month or once every two or three months. Time also poses an interesting challenge, in that as time passes the capabilities of the device changes. So not only does the program need to span an amount of time, it also needs to adapt as time passes.
  • Individual believes plays a role in adoption of any learning technology. Specifically if the technology is associated with a specific learning style, or teaching strategy, then teachers that don’t ascribe to those strategies will be less likely believe that the technology is useful.To help avoid this pitfall, professional development program should avoid associating the technology with a specific teaching strategies were pedagogy.Program should begin by introducing learners to common tasks on the new device for example checking email, before introducing new ideas that require them to change their beliefs and how they teach.Also believes are more likely to be changed if peers socialize the ideas. It is much better to have a peer presents new teaching strategies or new teaching ideas than it is to have a technologist do it. For example, I work with family medicine physicians, I will have a family medicine physician present ways in which to use the device in teaching, rather than presenting it myself.
  • Introduction of new technology does not happen in a vacuum. Organizational policies and practices will either help or hinder adoption. With the iPad, one of the biggest considerations is Wi-Fi infrastructure. Working with family physicians, the devices are less useful if the clinics don’t have wireless access.In higher education another considerations is the structure of academic institutions themselves. Often change will be faster if it’s initiated by professors rather than seen as a change being pushed by administration.A fundamental hindrance to technology adoption in university education, is the need for early career professors to score high on teaching. That means that those who are more likely to be innovative in their teaching practices, are not encouraged to do so, for they don’t wish to risk lowering their teaching scores.One way to mitigate for organizational structures which you may not be able to influence, is to identify stakeholders or idea leaders that is those who have influence over how their peers adapt to new ideas. If you can have an idea leader champion your program, it will be more likely to surmount the organizational structure barriers.
  • A violation of a professional development program helps determine whether or not the program was successful. Because technology adoption itself takes time, evaluation also needs to occur over varying periods of time. With the adoption of iPads, one of the challenge is to trying figure out what exactly do you measure to see whether someone is adopted the device. I suggest that the most useful measure of adoption in this instance, is the impact of a lost device and how that impact of a lost device changes over time. That is, asking participants at the beginning of the program what the impact of a lost iPad would be on their teaching practice. And then asking that same question again after several months of the program. You would expect that if the program is successful, then the impact of the lost device would increase.Another useful measurement is to go back to the technology acceptance model. Again looking at the values of perceived usefulness and perceived ease-of-use, and how they change over time intervals would indicate whether not the program is successful.
  • I’ve now described each of the six different characteristics that need to be considered when developing an iPad professional development program: the technology acceptance model, technology, time, individual believes, organizational structures, and evaluation.Now I’m to summarize these characteristics as design considerations, delivery considerations, and evaluation considerations.
  • When designing a program, the program should benefit both pre-adoption and post adoption learners.The focus of at least one component of the program should be to increase pre-adoption learners perception of how easy the devices to use, and how useful the device is within their teaching practice.The program should involve both product technology, that is explaining how to actually use the device for example iPad 101, and idea technology, that is explaining how to use the device within the learners particular context.The program should begin with familiar activities before challenging existing teaching beliefs, and idea leader should be recruited to present contextual portions of the program. So that peers are teaching the context specific aspects.
  • When delivering an iPad professional development program, you need to provide ways for learners to share at regular intervals new idea technology, that is, workflow or process descriptions. The technology changes quickly, and programs need to adapt to those changes.The program should involve the delivery of multiple training interventions spread out over time calendar time intervals. For example, a lunch and learn session every three months where learners are in courage to share how they have use the device in practice over the previous three months. When delivering the program, Post adoption learners, that is, the peers of the pre-adoption learners, should be recruited to present some of the workflows or process description. As learning this information from peers is more effective for changing learner beliefs.
  • And finally, plan to repeat evaluations over various time frames, as the key measure to the success of this program is a change in users perceptions over time. One useful measure is to ask the learners how they would be impacted if they lost their device. Another useful measure is to evaluate and individuals perception using the technology acceptance model, specifically seeing if the giving user has changed their perception of how easy the devices to use or how useful the devices.
  • Thank you. Any questions?
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