Considerations and constraints

In using any technology, one has to pay attention to certain practical issues which include: access - whether the technology is available to the learner; cost - whether it is affordable for the students and the institutions; and whether the technology meets the requirement to deal with instructional objective - is it complicated which requires higher end skill development among the users, or user friendly and simple to handle. In this context you may also refer to Unit 1, Section 2, Technology for Education - The Parameters. The seven parameters discussed explain how each type of technology has its own limitations and works best under certain conditions.

What does research say about the impact of using instructional technology?

In the article "Instructional technology and creativity among university students: The missing link" published in the World Journal on Educational Technology, the authors Waleed Mustafa Eyadat and Yousuf Ahmed Eyadat (2010) commented that students who were taught through the use of instructional technology showed a significantly higher level of creativity across many dimensions, including intuitive awareness, external locus of control, self confidence, and originality. You may go through the full article to understand the details of procedures adopted and the findings.

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