This study will help us determine what types of technologies are currently being used. Additionally, it will help us identify some basic uses of those technologies in the classroom by instructors and students through the use of an instrument we are in the process of finalizing.
This descriptive study will investigate the instructional use of technology in post-secondary, developmental education programs. The sample will consist of developmental education personnel involved in instruction in private and public colleges and universities across the nation. Our definition of instruction for the purpose of this study includes: course-based programs such as traditional classes and credit-courses; non-course based programs such as workshops and learning centers; and on-line programs. According to the National Center for Educational Statistics (2000; 2003), 73.3% of degree-granting institutions offered developmental education services between 2001 and 2002. These 4,197 institutions will be our target population. The sample population will be identified via a sampling frame of potential respondents in the population from the National Association for Developmental Educators and College Reading and Learning Association e-mailing lists. The target number of respondents is 400, representing about 10% of the number of institutions offering developmental education programs. Based on the actual respondents to the survey, a stratified sample will be selected to represent the proportion of public and private, two and four-year universities and colleges offering developmental education programs.