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‘There’s a pandemic coming, get yourselves some tablets’: Lessons from the pandemic on a community of practice approach to learning technology diffusion

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posted on 2024-04-19, 01:40 authored by Christopher BridgeChristopher Bridge, Birgit Loch, Carolyn BellCarolyn Bell, Belinda ThompsonBelinda Thompson, Dell HoreyDell Horey, Brianna JulienBrianna Julien, Julia Agolli

Abstract: A well-planned program for disseminating good practice in teaching with tablet computers within a large science, health and engineering faculty of an Australian university fortuitously came to fruition just in time for the switch to emergency remote teaching triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. For teachers in disciplines which rely on symbolic representation systems and hand-sketched diagrams, the tablets proved indispensable in overcoming the challenges of teaching under pandemic conditions. Our dissemination strategy was based on an initial phase of voluntary adoption supported by a well-resourced, academic-led community of practice, alongside the establishment of a library of some 80 devices. Using analyses of loan records, a survey of tablet borrowers, and in-depth interviews, we investigate the diffusion pathways of the decision to adopt, as well as tablet teaching know-how. We draw the preliminary conclusion that our community of practice approach to dissemination has wider applicability beyond our pandemic experience.

History

Publication Date

2022-11-18

Proceedings

ASCILITE Publications

Editors

Wilson S Arthars N Wardak D Yeoman P Kalman E Liu DYT

Publisher

ASCILITE

Place of publication

Sydney

Pagination

11p. (p. e22100-1-e22100-11)

ISSN

2653-665X

Name of conference

ASCILITE 2022: Reconnect

Location

Sydney

Starting Date

2022-12-04

Finshing Date

2022-12-07

Rights Statement

Copyright (c) 2022 Christopher Bridge, Birgit Loch, Carolyn Bell, Belinda Thompson, Dell Horey, Brianna Julien, Julia Agolli This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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