Technology-Mediated Learning 10 Years Later: Emphasizing Pedagogical or Utilitarian Applications?


  • Nike Arnold

    1. University of Tennessee, Knoxville
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      Nike Arnold (PhD, University of Texas at Austin) is Assistant Professor of German at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee.


Abstract: In recent years, educational technology has come a long way. Technological advancements and significant investments in computer equipment and training have opened new opportunities for foreign language teachers. In addition, instructional technology (IT) is now an accepted component of teacher training and foreign language teaching. This study addresses the question how IT actually is being used for foreign language learning in higher education. It reports the findings of an online survey, which was completed by 173 college foreign language teachers. Results suggest that the vast majority of participants do use computer technology for their teaching, but at a very basic level. Teachers' IT use seems to be motivated largely by utilitarian reasons, followed by a variety of pedagogical benefits.