Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Digital Aids Clearly Not 'Transforming' Teaching and Learning, Study Says

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Digital Aids Clearly Not 'Transforming' Teaching and Learning, Study Says

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Lecturers need to develop a better grasp of how technology can be used to facilitate learning, and better understand the way in which students use digital resources.

This is according to a paper by academics at Monash University in Melbourne, who surveyed more than 1,600 undergraduates at two universities in Australia and found that while digital technologies are a "central element of undergraduate education", they are "clearly not 'transforming' the nature of university teaching and learning".

"University educators perhaps need to temper enthusiasms for what might be achieved through technology-enabled learning and develop better understandings of the realities of students' encounters with digital technology," the paper, "What works and why? Student perceptions of 'useful' digital technology in university teaching and learning", finds.

Published in the Studies in Higher Education journal, the research highlights a number of distinct digital "benefits" of technology identified by participating students. These include the "organising and managing the logistics of studying" (46.9 per cent of respondents say this is a benefit); "flexibility of place and location" of studying (32.7 per cent); and time-saving (30. …

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