Barriers to Instructional Technology Use Among Malaysian Public University Academicians

By Mokhtar Hj Nawawi, Philip L. Doughty, Donald P. Ely and Barbara A. Yonai.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Despite the benefits of technology use in instruction, in general it has not been widely accepted within institutions of higher education in both developed and developing nations. Previous studies have indicated that its use by faculty members in higher education has been generally minimal. This study examined: i) the nature and extent of use of certain instructional technologies by university lecturers, and ii) reasons that has hindered the utilization of instructional technologies by lecturers in a Malaysian public university. The findings of the study revealed that despite the growing availability of newer technologies and the greater familiarity with technologies by faculty members, they reportedly continue to rely on the more familiar technologies (such as audiovisual media and word processing) for their class instruction. The widespread use of the newer and more innovative technologies (such as presentation software, computer conferencing, distance learning technologies and multimedia technologies) by the lecturers seems to be occurring at a slow rate. On the basis of the responses to reasons for not using a instructional technology, the primary reasons most frequently reported by were unavailability of facilities or resources, technology not necessary, lack of knowledge and skills, and lack of time.

Keywords: Instructional Technology Use, Barriers to Technology Use, Nature of Technology Use

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp.289-296. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 556.376KB).

Dr. Mokhtar Hj Nawawi

Lecturer, Faculty of Educational Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr Mokhtar is a lecturer in instructional technology and presently the Head, Dept. of Foundations of Education, Faculty of Educational Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia. He studied instructional technology/instructional design and development and obtained his doctorate from Syracuse University, New York. His research interest include designing effective instruction, integration of instructional technology in teaching and learning, and conditions facilitating use of technological innovations in instruction.

Dr Philip L. Doughty

Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, USA

Prof Donald P. Ely

Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, USA

Dr Barbara A. Yonai

Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, USA


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