Thursday, February 24, 2011

Survey Says Students Would Like More Digital Tools

A recent national survey has concluded students are looking for more classroom technology to help them deal with the many demands on their time. The study, Instructors and Students Technology Use, Engagement and Learning Outcomes, found that more than 70% of students would like to see more technology-related options at their disposal.

The survey, conducted last December by higher education research firm Eduventures and Cengage Learning, reports that 71% of students employed full-time and 77% of students working part-time would like more technology-based tools available to them help them manage their studies. In contrast, only 58% of participating instructors said they preferred teaching courses that used more technology.

Ken Baldauf, director of interdisciplinary computing at Florida State University, sees this as an opportunity for instructors to take advantage of all the resources available online. Baldauf adds that using online platforms or learning management systems will be key in meeting the technology preferences of students.

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