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With the introduction of the computer and internet in the late 20th century, online learning tools and delivery methods expanded. In fact, the rapid development of new educational tools has helped reshape the classroom in many higher education institutions. Also, when evaluating the effectiveness of these tools students and instructors should consider how improves or influences classroom creativity, workflow, and engagement.
According to an article published on EdSurge , defining a great tool or technology requires “continual” amount of feedback from both students and educators. While these definitions change with time, its core characteristic of facilitating student engagement appears in reviews. Students and instructors want time to learn how to use new technologies and want manufacturers to listen to their feedback; moreover, this is particularly true of products and services that receive updates or consistently release new versions. Users also want to see EdTech that is focused on learning design and solves real pain-points in the learning process; this means narrowing the focus of the development process to address specific, expressed needs. Regardless, online learning is here to stay. As the development of computers continues to be integrated into daily life, education technology will continue to become increasingly viable and accessible.
For more information, read the full article on EdSurge.
 T. Higgins, “What Makes a Good EdTech Tool Great?,” EdSurge: Technology in School, July 21, 2018. [Online]. Available: https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-07-21-what-makes-a-good-edtech-tool-great [Accessed August 6, 2018].