Integrating Technology Into Instruction At A Public University In Kyrgyzstan: Barriers And Enablers
Gulshat Muhametjanova 1 * , Kursat Cagiltay 2
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1 Kyrgyz Turkish Manas University
2 Middle East Technical University
* Corresponding Author

Abstract

Background:
The purpose of this study was to determine enablers and barriers to the technology integration into education based on the example of the situation at the Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University as reported by students and instructors.

Material and methods:
The study employed the mixed-methods research design, combining data obtained from 477 student and 57 instructor questionnaires supplemented by interviews with 11 students and 9 instructors.

Results:
The study revealed that although technology is being used at the universities all over the country, there still exists the lack of both hardware and software laboratories and the instructors have limited knowledge and experience with technology, which, in its turn, indicates the shortage of qualified technical personnel. The cost of personal computers and problems with the Internet connection were claimed to be the major barriers for students.

Conclusions:
The results of this study can be used by the Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University, the Ministry of Education, and by other related institutions in Kyrgyzstan. Furthermore, the results can contribute to the existing literature on the use of ICT in the country.

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This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Article Type: Research Article

https://doi.org/10.12973/eurasia.2016.1287a

EURASIA J Math Sci Tech Ed, 2016 - Volume 12 Issue 10, pp. 2657-2670

Publication date: 25 Jul 2016

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