A descriptive analysis of students' and instructors' ...

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Title A descriptive analysis of students' and instructors' perceptions of technologies for learning at a community college in Prince Edward Island
Author(s) Krystine M. Richards
Date 2011
Institution University of Prince Edward Island
Supervisor(s) Susan C. Graham
Degree earned Master of Business Administration
Place published Charlottetown, P.E.I.
Abstract Computers and the Internet have revolutionized communication and information sharing, which is having a significant impact on education. As technologies continue to evolve, traditional post-secondary institutions, such as Holland College, are faced with the challenge of adapting curriculum and delivery methods to meet the changing needs of students, instructors, and industry through electronic learning (e-learning). In order to achieve success in the area of e-learning, the College must first determine the needs and expectations of two key stakeholder groups, the students and instructors; who, until now have been relatively silent. The purpose of this quantitative research was to inquire about students’ and instructors’ expectations and overall perceptions of technologies used for learning. The study analyzed the secondary data provided by the College which included responses from 533 student and 109 instructor surveys concerning their perceptions of technologies for learning, and more specifically the benefits, use patterns, importance, and challenges of technologies for learning. The data revealed the primary benefit of e- learning was for academic achievement. The majority of students and instructors use technology on a daily basis for education. Desktop computers or portable computers were the technologies used most often for learning. Wireless Internet access and campus computer labs were identified as extremely important for learning. While the lack, or malfunctioning, of wireless Internet and campus computer labs were identified as significant challenges.
Use/Reproduction In presenting this signature project report in partial fulfilment of the requirements for a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Prince Edward Island, the author has agreed that the Robertson Library, University of Prince Edward Island, may make this signature project freely available for inspection and gives permission to add an electronic version of the signature project to the Digital Repository at the University of Prince Edward Island. Moreover the author further agrees that permission for extensive copying of this signature project report for scholarly purposes may be granted by the professor or professors who supervised the author’s project work, or, in their absence, by the Dean of the School of Business. It is understood that any copying or publication or use of this signature project report or parts thereof for financial gain shall not be allowed without the author’s written permission. It is also understood that due recognition shall be given to the author and to the University of Prince Edward Island in any scholarly use which may be made of any material in the author’s report.

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