Digital Tools Help Students and Instructors

A survey conducted in 2010 among 751 college students and 201 instructors through the U.S. came out with the following statistics:

  • 71-77% of students who are employed prefer more digital tools in the classroom.
  • 86% of students say that digital tools increase their engagement.
  • The use of digital tools has not had an effect distractions such as employment and personal issues.
  • The use of digital tools has improved student preparation.
  • 58% of instructors believe technology positively impacts student engagement
  • 58% of instructors prefer to teach courses that use technology
  • 71% of instructors reporting high levels of student engagement report using technology as having a positive impact on learning outcomes

I am not surprised by the statistics for students, however the statistics for instructors alarms me. Only 58% of instructors believe technology positively impacts student engagement? Why such a low percentage? Are we as instructors reluctant to use technology? Do we not see the benefits? What are your thoughts?


About simoncrothers

I am an Australian who moved to British Columbia, Canada with my family in 1998. After completing my undergraduate degree in mathematics and computing science at Simon Fraser University, I moved back to Australia for several years. During this time I completed a Masters in Computational Mathematics and began my teaching career in mathematics at the University of New South Wales. In 2010, I moved back to Canada and taught computer science at Douglas College for three years. I am currently regular faculty in the Computer Business Systems department at KPU. I have also taught some courses in the Business and Quantitative Methods department at KPU. In my spare time I like to spend time with my wife Jami, who I met in Australia, our three year old daughter Lillian, and our newly born son Aiden. I also like to indulge in the occasional video game and I am involved in various self-employed web development projects.
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