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Juggling Demands Distracts Today’s Students From Learning According to Cengage Learning/Eduventures Study

STAMFORD, Conn. Feb. 14, 2011 Instructors and Students: Technology Use, Engagement and Learning Outcomes

New Generation of Student Exposed

According to survey results, nearly half of today’s college students hold jobs and 30 percent report being distracted by external responsibilities, such as raising families or by financial issues, like paying for school or debt. Adding to the mounting pressures and challenges, instructors find that more than 25 percent of their students enter the classroom without basic skills in reading, writing, math and other areas.

William Rieders

Tech Effect: Technology Positively Impacts Student Engagement

Despite juggling multiple demands in and out of the classroom, 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.

Ken Baldauf Florida State University ( Click here to listen to Professor Ken Baldauf discuss the challenges current students face and how technology can help )

Survey Says: Increased Need and Support for Educational Technology

According to the survey, students and instructors have seen technology improve engagement in the past 12 months.

  • In fact, 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.

Rieders continued, "As an evolving set of dynamics and challenges continues to impact students, instructors and administrators in the higher education environment, Cengage Learning is committed to developing quality content and technology solutions that improve student engagement and learning outcomes, and help instructors and academic institutions navigate the changing education landscape."

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