How seamless are technology-rich learning environments? the voice of IT educators

Fui Chin Hiew, Judy Sheard, Rajendran Parthiban, Esyin Chew

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Abstract

Educational environments in higher education Information Technology (IT) courses typically involve the use of multiple technologies. Such technology-rich learning and teaching environments (TRLTEs) can enhance a student’s learning experiences and support learning in different settings (e.g., in-class and out-of-class, individual and group learning) and promote flexibility in learning in terms of time, space and access to learning resources. However, these can be complex teaching environments for educators to manage. A challenge for educators is to ensure that learning across multiple technologies and contexts happens seamlessly. Seamless learning is a notion whereby students transition smoothly from one learning setting to another, typically aided by technology. This paper reports the findings of an exploratory qualitative study of IT educators’ experiences of a TRLTE. Semi-structured interviews were used to elicit IT educators’ views of enablers and barriers to learning seamlessly. Data were analyzed using a thematic analysis technique. The findings revealed several issues in facilitating learning in a TRLTE and IT educators used various technologies to bridge the seams in their students’ learning. We discuss the findings and the implications for providing a seamless learning experience.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 23rd Annual ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education
EditorsIrene Polycarpou, Janet C. Read, Panayiotis Andreou, Michal Armoni
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Pages218-223
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450357074
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventAnnual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education 2018 - Larnaca, Cyprus
Duration: 2 Jul 20184 Jul 2018
Conference number: 23rd
https://iticse.acm.org/ITiCSE2018/

Conference

ConferenceAnnual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education 2018
Abbreviated titleITiCSE 2018
CountryCyprus
CityLarnaca
Period2/07/184/07/18
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Keywords

  • Educational technology
  • Interactive learning environment
  • Mobile learning
  • Seamless learning
  • Technology-rich teaching and learning environments

Cite this

Hiew, F. C., Sheard, J., Parthiban, R., & Chew, E. (2018). How seamless are technology-rich learning environments? the voice of IT educators. In I. Polycarpou, J. C. Read, P. Andreou, & M. Armoni (Eds.), Proceedings of the 23rd Annual ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (pp. 218-223). Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). https://doi.org/10.1145/3197091.3197125