Connecting organizational environments with the instructional technology practices of community college faculty

Matthew M. Mars, Mary Beth Ginter

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Abstract

The ongoing integration of instructional technology within community colleges has occurred for a variety of reasons. First, community colleges have implemented technology-based models to make operations more efficient and cost-effective. Second, instructional technology has been used to expand student markets through alternative course-delivery methods that reach those students unable to attend traditional campus courses because of geographical locations and constraints related to rigid work and family schedules. Third, community college courses are regularly updated to increase enrollment capacities and in many cases to better align content with today's high-tech economy. In this study, the authors use Karl Weick's conceptualization of loosely coupled organizations to explore the organizational environments of three community colleges in relation to the emphasis each institution places on the use of instructional technologies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)324-343
Number of pages20
JournalCommunity College Review
Volume34
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2007

Keywords

  • College faculty culture
  • Community colleges
  • Instructional technologies
  • Organizational environments

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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