Examining the connection between classroom technology and student engagement

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R.C. Morris
Loran Carleton Parker


Technological pedagogy is being relied upon more-and-more as a way to address the growing needs of higher education. This study investigated the use of a tool designed with the specific purpose of student engagement in a large classroom. The tool allows students to post to a community based discussion in a manner similar to a Twitter feed. Despite engaging in a community dialogue, findings suggest that as usage of the technology went up a student’s sense of community learning went down. This result prompted the authors to consider how this tool was utilized in the classroom. We close with a warning that adoption of a novel technology alone does not produce a greater sense of community learning.


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Morris, R., & Parker, L. C. (2014). Examining the connection between classroom technology and student engagement. Journal of Teaching and Learning With Technology, 3(1), 1–15. https://doi.org/10.14434/jotlt.v3n1.4720
Author Biographies

R.C. Morris, Purdue University

R.C. Morris, MS, ABDDoctoral Candidate
Graduate Instructor 
Department of Sociology Purdue University
Graduate RA, Discover Learning Research Center

Loran Carleton Parker, Purdue University

Assessment Specialist, Discovery Learning Research Center

Purdue University

207 S. Martin Jischke Dr.

West Lafayette, IN 47907


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