The Infotechnology Gap: Are Students Ready for Innovative Uses of Technology in Learning?
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Curriculum and Instruction
Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education
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AbstractA presumption exists that students in classroom and hybrid courses which integrate effective, innovative uses of technology possess the infotechnology skills to benefit from these uses. There is anecdotal information, however, which suggests students aren't as comfortable with infotechnology as would be expected in an innovative learning environment, which makes the adoption of effective, innovative uses of technology in classroom and hybrid courses difficult, if not unworkable. This session shares the results of a survey to assess whether there is a gap between the innovative learning technology capabilities which exist in the classroom, how wide the gap is if it exists, and students' ability and willingness to interact with the innovative technology in the learning process. It also provides a quick assessment tool for evaluating the infotechnology skills of students and suggests possible innovative techniques for bridging the infotechnology gap in an innovative classroom.