An International, Multidimensional Exploration of ICT Use by University Students and Teachers in Kyiv, Ukraine is Underway
After many months of preparation, the initial phase of a collaborative exploration of digital technology use by university students and teachers at Kyiv National Economic University (Kyiv, Ukraine has begun). The first phase of research focuses on exploring general technology competency with the aid of the GTCU data collection and profile tool.
The General Technology and Use (GTCU) framework conceptualizes four general dimensions of digital-technology use and related competencies. The dimensions of use are: Technical, Informational, Social and Epistemological. The related competencies ate Operational, Informational, Communicational and Computational. The GTCU was developed and applied in Canadian university contexts. This is the first time it has been used to explore technology competency and use in a post-Soviet country.
The GTCU survey instrument operationalizes and measures, self-reported experience and confidence on representative tasks across the four dimensions of use. The instrument has evolved over time as it has been applied to French-language school teachers, university teachers and instructors, and university students in Ontario, Canada. Moving beyond the originating context of formal education, this instrument has recently been implemented as a generalized, self-profiling tool, illustrating how much of the current spectrum of mainstream, digital devices one uses, and how comfortable one is performing selected tasks across the GTCU orders of use.
The international research team, including EILAB-associated researchers Dr. Olena Mykhailenko, Dr.Francois Desjardins, Dr. Roland vanOostveen, and Todd Blayone, will be analyzing the resulting data from a number of different perspectives, including descriptive, comparative and cultural. This data will be supplemented by qualitative exploration in an effort to study more fully the dynamics of technology use, empowerment, skills and culture in a Ukrainian university context.