instructional design; program effectiveness; college faculty; teacher attitudes; technology; teacher improvement
Significant investments in time, money, and effort go into developing and applying technology to improve teaching and learning. As universities pursue such projects, they must determine the impact and value of technology for student learning. During the past decade, funds spent on technology for educational purposes have tripled throughout the United States. Determining a hard return on investment (ROI) for the time and money spent to improve education is difficult, however. Institutions should also measure the value on investment (VOI) that their funds and efforts yield. In the study of faculty and their technology projects at Brigham Young University (BYU) described here, we emphasized VOI in terms of intrinsic factors such as satisfaction with the use of technology, increased productivity, and frequency of technology use.