Overall, more faculty are paving the way for increased tech on campus. About one-third of faculty now use digital courseware, and of those, 70 percent say their courseware offers adaptive or personalized learning and 62 percent were involved in selecting it.

Thirty-six percent of faculty have taught a blended or hybrid course–90 percent of those who have taught such a course helped design it, and 82 percent converted a face-to-face course.

Faculty also believe online and blended courses make them better teachers:

  • 77 percent say they think more critically about engaging students
  • 73 percent make better use of multimedia
  • 70 percent make better use of a learning management system (LMS)
  • 48 percent have gained comfort with techniques such as active or project-based learning

Most students (79 percent) say they prefer courses that integrate online components for some, half, or most of the content, and that number is steadily increasing. They especially prefer:

  • Early alerts of academic trouble
  • E-books or e-texts
  • Educational games or simulations
  • Electronic resources from publishers
  • Laptop-based learning tools
  • LMSs
  • Lecture capture
  • Online communication/collaboration tools
  • Search tools
  • Web-based supplementary free content

Students also rarely turn to tech support. Sixty-three percent solve tech challenges on their own; 62 percent search Google, YouTube, or other online resources; 51 percent ask friends; and just 25 percent ask college help desks or instructors.

About the Author:

Laura Ascione

Laura Ascione is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura http://twitter.com/eSN_Laura

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