In choosing a topic for my thesis to fulfill my MA in Learning and Technology (MALAT) at Royal Roads University, I looked close to home and situated it at BCIT. It struck me that collaborative and social technology was not in much use for teaching. I interviewed instructors in the School of Computing and Academic Studies, in large part, because they deliver most of the writing instruction into programs across the institute.
Title & Abstract
Issues Affecting the Use of Collaborative Software for Writing Instruction: A Case Study at the British Columbia Institute of Technology
This case study examined issues affecting the use of collaborative software for writing instruction at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. It was conceived in light of a significant institutional endeavour to enhance teaching and learning in part through the promotion of such tools, and recent research suggesting limited success in this regard. Time, technical support, culture, instructional approach, benefits of use and drawbacks of use emerged as key themes of this study. In particular, there appeared to be a relationship between participants’ predominant instructional approaches and their use of collaborative software. This study concludes that institutions need to better understand faculty support requirements, decentralize some aspects of technical support, support standalone social software for instructional purposes, conduct more research into learner-centered approaches to teaching with collaborative software and ensure that instructor orientations include educational technology.
I completed this project while working full-time.
High level process
- literature review (1 month)
- research proposal (1 month)
- interviews & transcribing (2 months)
- qualitative data analysis (1 month)
- multiple draft paper writing (2 months)