Digital Learning Technology in Higher Education

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Digital learning technology (DLT) is an umbrella term that covers a wide range of technologies that “facilitates teaching and learning, from digital course materials and e-textbooks, to lecture recordings and learning management systems” (Kelly).  According to the Digital Study Trends Survey by McGraw-Hill Education, over 1,000 college students across the nation share their experiences and preferences around DLT: 

The majority of students prefer classes that use DLT, and 40 percent agree that DLT influences the classes they decide to take. Mobility and flexibility surface as the most popular DLT features.  (“2017 Digital Study Trends Survey” 19)

In terms of “[mobility] and flexibility,” the two most prevalent forms of DLT at UW Bothell are Canvas by Instructure and Drive by Google. Both of these systems provide the UWB students, faculty and staff with quick and convenient access to their important online materials such as  lecture recordings, notes, assignments, deadlines and etc.  The best parts about these types of DLT are that they allow students to learn at their own pace and at their convenience.

The rise in DLT is inevitably improving the classroom experience through the blended learning model; moreover, this model is currently providing online classroom experience so students can take control of their own learning. With that said, it is exciting to consider how universities  plan to adapt and improve DLT services over the next decade.

For more information, visit the full article on Campus Technology.