Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2018

Publication Title

Optometry in Practice

Volume

19

Issue

1

Pages

1-5

Abstract

(Introduction) Technology has driven a major societal change permeating the very traditions, beliefs and rituals of our social and work milieu. Following the revolution caused by the introduction of the Gutenberg printing press, the current digital epoch has been recognised as the second major event in history that has extended and enhanced access to information and learning (Brynjolfsson 2014; Topol 2015). Research shows that digital technologies can be used to provide educational opportunities that were not possible before this digital era. These technologies allow learning in contextualised settings and provide a variety of learning opportunities for those studying optometry (Yi 2016) and for those educating patients about eye care (Lee et al. 2007).

However, knowing how to integrate technology into learning has been described as a ‘wicked’ problem (Mishra and Koehler 2007). Research has demonstrated that educators may not be integrating technology effectively (Kurt et al. 2013). There is evidence that educators who do use technology primarily use it for low-level tasks (Chen et al. 2014; Hsu 2013).

Comments

© The College of Optometrists

Posted with permission of the publisher after a one-year embargo.

Original Publication Citation

Crompton, H., & Burke, D. (2018). Frameworks for integrating technology into optometric education. Optometry in Practice (London College of Optometry), 19(1), 1-5.

ORCID

0000-0002-1775-8219 (Crompton)

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