A Bio-Ecological Theory Based Framework for Exploring Technology User Environments in Higher Educational Institutions
Author(s): Benjamin T.K. Boison and Clement Dzidonu
The paper provides a renewed framework for framing technology user environments among higher educational institutions. We propose the need to explore and understand the appropriate technology user environment as a prerequisite to deploying technologies in higher educational institutions. • The proposed framework is developed from the perspective of the bio-ecological theory. • Background: The use of technologies for teaching and learning naturally takes place in a bio-ecological environment. It has been generally accepted that the academic environments in which technologies are deployed and used have primary features associated with the bio-ecological theory. Some writers and researchers have therefore related the deployment of technologies in tertiary institutions to the bio-ecological theory. • Yet, some of these studies lack emphasis on users of technology in an academic environment. Moreover, some individual conceptual studies have failed to recognise some important arms of the natural framework. We also consider the body of evidences on the subject very small. We therefore want to uphold the need to know and understand the appropriate technology user environment as a prerequisite to deploying technologies in higher institutions by revealing a renewed framework for framing it.