Faculty and Student Perceptions of Technology Integration in Teaching

John R. Savery
University of Akron


This study examines the perceptions of faculty and students on the topic of technology integration in the teaching of courses at a Midwestern College of Education. Examining the perceptions of a target audience is a widely used strategy based on the premise that perceptions matter and often influence behaviors. This approach has been used to study faculty perceptions of distance education (Belcheir & Cucek, 2002), and also student perceptions of online learning (O’Malley & McCraw, 1999). Cope and Ward (2002) used a phenomenological research approach to examine the importance of high school teacher perceptions on the integration of learning technology in the classroom and concluded that “teacher perceptions of learning technologies are likely to be key factors in the successful integration of learning technologies” (p. 72). They further noted that successful integration is more likely to occur when “teachers perceive learning technologies as part of a student-centred/conceptual change teaching approach” (p. 72).

About the Author(s)...

Dr. John R. Savery is an assistant professor in the Educational Foundations and Leadership Department of the College of Education at The University of Akron where he teaches masters courses including instructional design, emerging technologies, and strategies for on-line teaching. His research interests include the design of effective technology rich learning environments and strategies to foster the development of student ownership for learning. He can be contacted at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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