Incorporating Technology in Teaching and Learning in the Caribbean Tertiary Classroom

By Fariel Mohan.

Published by The Learner Collection

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This paper presents an investigation into incorporating technology in teaching and learning in the Caribbean classroom. In the classroom of the Caribbean schools, technology is not widely used. A school may have a computer lab but this is currently widely used to teach computer literacy. The main body of assessment in the Caribbean is Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) which bases its examination on three domains of Bloom’s Taxonomy of Learning which is knowledge, analysis and synthesis. This same general approach is used in the tertiary institution. At this level, a little more emphasis is placed on coursework assessment. Jones (1995) noted that learners must develop an “intelligent partnership” with the technology they use. In incorporating technology opens to a lot of academic issues as highlighted by Forte (2003) in identifying how new advances in technology are creating opportunities for cheating. In the Caribbean where the culture is education can bring one out of poverty or can bring status to the family, has developed a great desire to obtain education. This paper examines the effect of incorporating technology in the coursework assessment. The coursework assessment is then compared with the final written paper. The sample used was first year students at the University of Trinidad & Tobago. The course selected was Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming since coursework assessment is an integral part in the learning. Three samples were used. The approach used was to shift so much focus on knowledge since it is readily available and to spend more emphasis on analysis and synthesis. Now that the student can easily obtain knowledge, the student has to develop the skill on analyzing that knowledge. When programming assignments were given, the students were encouraged to collaborate, to research on the internet or to use any form to obtain the solution. Then the student had to analyse the solution and ensure that he understood what was submitted. The result of this experiment suggested a similarity between the coursework assessment and the final written examination. This relationship suggests that the coursework assessment is an early indicator of the student learning.

Keywords: Incorporating Technology with Learning & Teaching, 21st Century Student

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 12, pp.487-494. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.273MB).

Fariel Mohan

Senior Instructor, ICT, The University of Trinidad & Tobago, Point Lisas, Trinidad and Tobago

I am a senior instructor at the University of Trinidad & Tobago. I have been working at this university since its inception. I belong to Information and Computer Technology department. I teach Mathematics & Computer Science courses. My research interests are new 21st techniques in teaching, reaching out to the digital student, innovative approaches to teaching mathematics.


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