CONCURRENT SESSION: 4B
Thursday 7th September 2017
Time: 3.30pm - 5.00pm
CONCURRENT SESSION: 5A
Friday 8th September 2017
Time: 9.00am - 10.30am
Ioana Chan Mow
National University of Samoa
National Univeristy of Samoa
An Evaluation of the usefulness and ease of use of the Aptus within the Samoan education context: Findings of the Phase 1 Trial at the National University of Samoa
This paper describes the findings of the first trial of the Aptus device within the National University of Samoa. The Aptus is a device which enables wireless access to valuable educational resources in the absence of electricity and the internet. The goals of this research were to explore the acceptance of using the Aptus to access e-resources within the context of education in Samoa, with user acceptance measured by evaluating the ease of use and usefulness of the Aptus. The findings of the trial indicated very positive perceptions of students and teachers at the university in terms of ease of use and usefulness of the Aptus within educational settings. From the results of Phase 1, a strong recommendation is made to adopt the Aptus as a technology for providing access to quality educational resources within the National University of Samoa. The study also recommends the need for training of teachers on the use of the Aptus and its applications such as Moodle.
Teachers Perceptions on Technology Enabled Learning at the National University of Samoa
This presentation is based on a baseline study at the National University of Samoa to evaluate perceptions of lecturers on technology enabled learning. Questionnaires for the baseline study were taken from the TEL Implementation Handbook (Kirkwood & Price, 2016) provided by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL). For staff, surveys were distributed to all of the 169 teaching staff of which 108 were returned. Findings of the study showed that NUS is in the early stages of technology-enabled learning with some improvements needed in its technology infrastructure and support services.
In terms of skill levels, staff were quite proficient in common applications such as word-processing, spreadsheets, email. However further capacity building of teachers and orientation of learners needed in advanced ICT use for teaching and learning and make the environment more creative, engaging and learning centred.Teachers also need more training on use of OER and LMS. In terms of attitudes towards technology enabled learning staff showed very positive attitudes towards the use of technology in teaching and learning. Staff obviously knew the value, potential uses and benefits of technology. Responses also showed overwhelming consensus of the need to develop a Technology enabled learning(TEL) policy for NUS.
Ioana Chan Mow is an Associate Professor Computing/Computer education at the National University of Samoa. Her research interests are in ICT4D, mobile technology, ICT policy and regulatory frameworks, offline and online technologies, OERs and technology anbled learning.She was the principal researcher for the Aptus project which the presentation is based on.
Tara Patu the presenter is a lecturer in the Computing department at the National University of Samoa and was a member of the NUS research team which carried out the Aptus trials in 2016.