A survey report, “Instructors and Students: Technology Use, Engagement and Learning Outcomes,” was recently released by Cengage Learning. The survey was conducted by research and consulting firm Eduventures and was administered to 751 students and 201 instructors across the United States in December 2010. This is the second Cengage Learning/Eduventures survey designed to uncover how educational technology impacts overall student engagement and learning outcomes.
According to survey results, students and instructors do agree that educational technology can enhance engagement, which can lead to improved learning outcomes.
- A majority (58 percent) of instructors believe that technology in courses positively impacts student engagement.
- Seventy-one percent of instructors that rated student engagement levels as “high” report seeing a great benefit to learning outcomes as a result of using technology in courses.
- Seventy-one percent of students who are employed full-time and seventy-seven percent of students who are employed part-time prefer more technology-based tools in the classroom.
In addition, students and instructors have seen technology improve engagement in the past 12 months.
- 79 percent of instructors and 86 percent of students have seen the average level of engagement improve over the last year as they have increased their use of digital educational tools.
- Additionally, 67 percent of students reported they preferred courses that use a great deal of technology, a nine percent increase from the previous year.
- Similarly, 58 percent of instructors said they prefer teaching courses that use a great deal of technology, a 10 percent increase from 2009.