Title page for ETD etd-04132009-095508

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Nyirongo, Nertha Kate
Author's Email Address nnyirong@vt.edu
URN etd-04132009-095508
Title Technology Adoption and Integration: A Descriptive Study of a Higher Education Institution in a Developing Nation
Degree PhD
Department Teaching and Learning
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Lockee, Barbara B. Committee Chair
  • Diffusion and adoption of innovations.
  • Instructional technology
  • electronic technologies for teaching and learning
  • Adoption and Integration of electronic technologie
Date of Defense 2009-03-30
Availability unrestricted
New electronic technologies like computers and the Internet continue to spread to all

parts of the world. Developing nations like Malawi have experienced this thrust in the

area of electronic technologies. Mzuzu University, a relatively new university in the

Malawian education system has made tremendous efforts in providing computers and the

internet to faculty members of the University. It was however not clear if such efforts had

resulted in corresponding application and integration of the technologies in teaching and

learning. This study ventured to investigate prevailing levels of utilization of the

computer technology and the Internet in teaching and learning at the university and

uncover factors that facilitate or hinder use and integration of the technologies in teaching

and learning. Results of the study revealed that while most faculty members actively

engaged with electronic technologies, such engagements often excluded instructional use.

Where electronic technologies have been used for instructional purposes, it has been

mainly for accessing information for teaching. Factors that affect utilization and

integration of electronic technologies comprise limited availability of the technologies;

unreliability of the available technologies due to related issues like power outages and

poor reception; lack of training; lack of technical, pedagogical and administrative

support; and lack of faculty involvement in decision making relating to electronic


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