Date of Graduation

Spring 5-21-2021

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

College/School

School of Education

Department/Program

Education

Abstract

Technology is rapidly and invasively transforming classroom instruction and student expectations. The demand for technology places higher education instructors at a disadvantage due to a lack of technical resources. The attitudes and beliefs of higher education instructors must be considered to build alignment with technology. The approach of institutions must be addressed to ensure higher education instructors are equipped with adequate technical support.

The complexity of technology, such as multimedia and gamification, requires meticulous attention to acquiring the technical expertise needed in modern classrooms. As a result, failure to consider attitudes and beliefs, negligence from institutions, and lack of initiative to propose a plan to adapt to the complexity of technology contribute a prominent role in the gap of the digital divide.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the abrupt transition from in-person classes to virtual learning revealed how a fraction of the higher education instructor population was unable to operate the functionalities of technology. Moreover, it exposed how a fraction was not equipped with technical training and development from institutions in an event such as a global pandemic. Under the guidance of the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) and Technology Readiness framework (TR), the ALLiN-Tech blog was established. The ALLiN-Tech blog is engineered to provide higher education instructors a platform to share their background, post technical resources, and empower users within the community through blogging. It is intended to provide a foundation for higher education instructors to transfer the technical expertise needed into modern classrooms. As a result, the ALLiN-Tech blog aims to serve as a contribution for the higher education population to jumpstart their path with bridging the gap of the digital divide.

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