10 Nov 2017
New and rapidly improving technologies are in the process of transforming higher education. Sammy Elzarka (2012) noted that the significance of integrating technology use in higher education instruction is undeniable. The chart below is from a 2010 article by The Chronicle of Higher Education.
The chart shows findings of faculty survey of student engagement at 50 U.S. colleges and universities in the spring of 2009, which surveyed about 4,600 faculty members. However, because of the time span from when this survey was conducted, the results may not represent the likely impact of new technologies in learning and teaching in higher education in today’s environment and/or in the next few years.
It is difficult to know the exact extent of technology use in classrooms. But, as faculty become more comfortable in using technology in college classroom, I think instructional methods in a technology-enabled learning environment will evolve as well. While supplemental visual media is the most commonly used classroom technology, I believe the use of integrated teacher-student communications platform/s and applications may help to enhance student engagement and participation. It is worth noting that technology comes with benefits and downsides. That is, sometimes, technology may become a hindrance or distraction from the lesson.