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14-04-2020 | Issue 5/2020 Open Access

Education and Information Technologies 5/2020

Optimal professional development ICT training initiatives at flagship universities

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Xi Wang, W. James Jacob, Christopher C. Blakesley, Weiyan Xiong, Huiyuan Ye, Shangmou Xu, Fang Lu
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This study explores best practices and roles of information and communication technology (ICT) in select professional development centers at 16 flagship universities. Through adopting a qualitative case study design, this study explores the strengths and weaknesses of current technology training initiatives in the selected professional development centers. As part of the research and teaching programs at flagship universities, professional development center leaders shared about the current ICT practices as well as the strengths and limitations of their own centers. The analysis section includes a critical look at ICT practices among flagship universities from a human resource theory lens. Findings indicate common successes that facilitate the ICT practices of these centers including delivery mediums, services, ideas, and goals, as well as various barriers of implementing ICT training initiatives. The paper concludes with suggestions on how professional development center leaders, senior administrators, and educational policy makers can help improve professional development processes with the assistance of optimal ICT initiatives.

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