Drop a Pebble in the Water: The Challenges of Change Through Technology Mediated Learning

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Abstract

This article responds to Stoten’s (2016) article in Management Teaching Review on the use of Pebble+ (PP+) to support learning, teaching, and assessment. We examined the realities of efforts to engender curriculum change using PP+ on a large undergraduate thesis course within a U.K. business school. We analyzed 2,143 emails between the 123 supervising-faculty and the professors leading the course. Field notes supplemented these data. We have demonstrated that while 18 supervising-faculty asserted the value of the use of PP+ (14.6%), the majority of faculty (54.5%) expressed concerns about using this technology, with eight supervisors failing to use the technology at all. We propose that these latter reactions resulted from a lack of self-efficacy with technology, a perceived task–technology mismatch, and perhaps, most significant, a threatened sense-of-self as “expert” in the eyes of their students and peers. We offer three key recommendations for readers who are considering technology-mediated change.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)263-270
JournalManagement Teaching Review
Volume1
Issue number4
Early online date12 Sep 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016

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