Thursday, 25 July 2013

Technology Acceptance Model

After reading articles that focused on the teacher and other organisations within the stands of the arena in relation to adopting technology I was glad to read the article;

Shroff, R. H., Deneen, C. D. & Ng, E. M. W. (2011). Analysis of the technology acceptance model in examining students' behavioural intention to use an e-portfolio system. Australasian Journal of Education Technology, 27(4), 600-618.

This paper explored the adoption of a new technology using the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) with students examining if their perceived ease of use, perceived usefulness  and their attitude towards useage was influential in the students intention to use the new technology. The diagram shows links between perceived usefulness and the perceived ease of use influenced strongly the attitude towards useage.

This sits well with me in my context as I believe the ease in the way students in Brunei give up is embarrassing for them and their community. They do not strive to be challenged nor do they want to be. By modelling the usefulness of new technology (wiki) to students hopefully will ease some of the uncertainty around the wiki and they will identify as I will that wikis are the new way to collaborate in a safer environment. By allowing student to "play" will ensure students have confidence in accessing the tool and using it for its intended purpose. By allowing students to play they will come up with questions and problems that we can solve together (with myself having prior knowledge of the tool) and put the platform down that it is an easy tool to use.
Shroff identifies that if the system is not easy to use then it is more likely that it will not be perceived as useful. A great point for my students especially with their limited exposure to technology.

On reflection of the blogging I have previously introduced, both independent and reading group blogs this may have been more successful if I had shown the students the ease of use and the value that using it would have. Although this was touched on it was taken for granted that they would love it and be motivated to use it. Although students are more confident and use this more regularly now it was a hard struggle to get to where they are. I think by using the TAM theory this may have made it a more comfortable satisfying ride for both myself and the students.

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