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Student-Approved Technology

by Dian Schaffhauser

Campus Technology

Article excerpt

Three-Quarters of Students Say More Tech Would Improve Their Learning

Nearly six in 10 students (56 percent) would feel more comfortable being in a digital class than an in-person class and almost three-quarters (74 percent) report that they’d do better in their courses if only their instructors would use more technology.

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Some “Technology Solutions” Require Human Intervention

An annual survey sponsored by e-learning firm VitalSource, and conducted by Wakefield Research, suggests building demand for technology to be incorporated into coursework; 74 percent of the students responding indicated that they felt they would perform at a higher level if teachers used more technology. They cited such applications as having their progress tracked in real time, instant feedback from instructors and digital collaboration. Technology continues to be of critical importance to students, especially in the classroom. Statistics from this survey seem to validate the degree to which students rely on technology to provide them with a competitive edge in school, and in preparation for the workforce. But some of their expectations may be unrealistic. How can you manage the expectations of students who are looking for technology to do more for them than may be possible?

While real-time progress tracking could be automated in some cases, an expectation of instant instructor feedback assumes instructors always at the ready to respond whenever a student has a question. That doesn’t reflect reality. These results suggest, though, an opportunity to begin discussions between administrators, instructors and students about ways in which technology can be used to improve the learning experience, while producing desired learning outcomes.