Faculty Use of Instructional Technology in Park and Recreation: Current and Future Trends

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Jennifer Y. Mak, Marshall University (mak@marshall.edu)

The use of instructional technology in higher education was expanding rapidly. This was also true for park and recreation higher education. Moreover, numerous leisure educators also foresaw the use of new technologies as a challenge and a trend in higher education. The aim of this research was to identify the current and the future applications of instructional technology in the field of park and recreation. Data were collected from 406 out of 972 park and recreation faculty members in the United States and Canada. Faculty members were asked to respond to fourteen questions related to the applications of instructional technology. The survey instrument also consisted of the background information and demographic characteristics of the faculty members. The data were analyzed using descriptive analysis and chi-square tests through the use of the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS). An overall response rate was 41.9%. The current applications of instructional technology in spring 2000 were identifi ed. Over 90% of the faculty members used e-mail to communicate with students and developed class handouts with word processing. The majority faculty members used spreadsheet (50.7%) or specific software (26.4%) to manage student grade. More than 66.7% of the faculty members used computer projective devices for presentation in the classroom. More than one-forth of the faculty members used basic Web-based technology such as placing course syllabus or reading material on the Web. …