Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


School of Education

First Advisor

Dr. Terry Huffman

Second Advisor

Dr. Gary Sehorn

Third Advisor

Dr. Dane Joseph


The purpose of this research was to explore the experiences of four Chinese university teachers of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) on the effectiveness of implementing computer-based technologies in their classes. Specifically, this case study sought to document the participants’ views on 1) the types of computer-based technology used in their classes; 2) the role of computer-based educational technology in teaching EFL pedagogy; 3) the potential benefits in using computer-based instructional technologies in EFL; 4) the challenges and/or barriers to the effective use of computer-based instructional technologies in EFL instruction. Using both within case and cross-case analyses, the findings reveal a complex interwoven set of perceptions and experiences computer-based technologies and English language teaching. Seven important themes emerged: 1) the school strongly encourages the use of auxiliary educational platforms; 2) the school supports teachers with many resources; 3) computer-based technologies have impacted student learning; 4) computer-based technologies have impacted the way teachers instruct; 5) computer-based technology enhance teaching effectiveness and efficiency; 6) technical difficulties associated with computer-based technologies are challenging; and 7) the COVID-19 pandemic forced more rapid adoption of computer-based technologies. This research is especially significant as it includes a unique set of educators in a unique educational setting, implementing emerging educational technologies.