Pedagogical Support for Use of Information Technology in Teaching

Johanna Klassen
City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

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With the advent of Information Technology (IT), there is a change happening in universities around the world. New information technologies are increasingly being integrated into the educational process to support pedagogy and learning. Teaching methods that use only the traditional lecture approach to teaching are increasingly seen as unsatisfactory. Good teaching has been identified by Chickering and Gamson (1987) as having seven attributes. This paper proposes that IT in teaching can involve all seven attributes of good practice. First, it provides literature support for IT use to achieve each of the attributes. Based on interviews carried out at City University of Hong Kong, recommendations are made for specific pedagogical support in order to support faculty better in the use of innovative technology.

Key words: innovative technology, instructional design support, life-long learning, managing educational systems