Module 5 – Blog Post Discussion
Briefly describe a situation in which you have encouraged people to use a new technology and have been met with resistance or disappointing results. What attitudes did these people exhibit? What behaviors did they demonstrate?
When I started my teaching career in 1994, computers were prevalent. However, the majority of teachers at this school did not want to change their way of getting their work finish. The use of computer meant that they had to replace the use of an electronic typewriter. Most faculty members felt that the electronic typewriter is the effective and efficient way of completing all required assignments, reports, and lesson plans and that trying to replace the electronic typewriter with a computer would create chaos. To eliminate some resistance from staff and the faculty, I would conduct training sessions for everyone. Many of the staff and faculty were ready for acceptance of using the computer instead of the electronic typewriter; however, there are still some individuals who reject the use of computers in their educational environment.
Using Keller’s ARCS model, describe how you could change the motivation of these people, or learners, to encourage success.
In order to change the motivation of these people, or learners for encouraging success, I would first display a short video on the purpose and ease of using computers and how computers can benefit students learning as well as their learning. After the video, I would pose questions for participants for brainstorming and grouped discussions. The questions would be based on the participants incorporating their past and current skills and knowledge and how connected computers are in what they need to accomplish daily. More experienced users will work with those individuals who continue to resist the use of computers. This will increase their confidence and act as a support system in order to achieve success. Feedback is ongoing for each participant in order to monitor their progress and success. In using Keller’s (1984) ARCS (Attention, Relevance, Confidence, Satifaction), I must keep in mind that motivation comes from within and that the use of any new technology requires introducing to learners a small portion at a time and making that innovation work for them.
ReferenceDriscoll, M. (2005). Psychology of learning for instruction (3rd ed.). NY: Pearson Education, Inc.
Module 5: New Technologies
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