A Model Assessment Tool for Classroom Technology Infrastructure in Higher Education
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Purpose: The purpose of this research is threefold. The first purpose is to establish a practical ideal model to assess current classroom technology infrastructure in higher education. Second, is to assess current classroom technology infrastructure at Texas State University. The final purpose is to provide recommendations for improving classroom technology infrastructure at Texas State University. A thorough review of the literature identified six key components of classroom technology infrastructure. The components include technology planning and policies, equipment, technology applications, maintenance and support, professional development, and technology infrastructure.
Methodology: The components of classroom technology infrastructure identified in the literature led to the development of a conceptual framework. This framework allowed the researcher to develop an assessment tool designed to gauge classroom technology infrastructure at Texas State University. An assessment is accomplished through the use of a case study approach employing multiple methods. The methods used to collect data include focused interviews, document analysis, direct observation, and survey research.
Findings: Overall, classroom technology infrastructure at Texas State University is consistent with the practical ideal type model developed through the literature. Classroom technology infrastructure could be improved by implementing software support training programs, instituting faculty training programs, strengthening faculty evaluation procedures, and ensuring that technology proficiencies and measures are incorporated into classroom learning standards.