Technology vs Learning Adoption

What is it that draws us to Technology?  As an educator, I find it interesting that while we have a theory of how people adopt technology (the innovation adoption curve of Rogers), we still don’t know why.  Rogers’ curve says that there are five levels of adoption: Innovators, Early Adopters, Early Majority, Late Majority, and Laggards.  However, why is it that 50% are labeled as late or laggard?  What causes those people to adopt later than the first half?

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These are some of the same questions I ask as an educator regarding learning.  I think it all boils down to motivation.  What motivates me to learn or adopt a particular piece of technology at any given time?  Is it the relevance to my personal economy or is it something deeper?

There seems to be a connection between this and Carl Jung’s personality type testing.  I plan on giving my students the Meyer-Briggs version of the test this fall and then measuring how quickly they adopt the learning.  I will update this blog as I get further along with my choices.

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