D2L, a global learning technology leader, today announced the results of new research into current edtech adoption rates in higher education, barriers preventing greater adoption levels, and current stresses and pain points suffered by university lecturers when utilising existing technology in the learning environment.
According to the research, which surveyed more than 500 UK-based lecturers from higher education institutions, 80 percent of respondents believe increased technology options would have a positive effect on the education system. Half of those asked (50 percent) stated that technology could alleviate administrative pressure, while 91 percent claimed adding more learning technology would increase student engagement. In terms of current adoption, 91 percent of lecturers have access to a learning management system (LMS), but only 56 percent use it regularly. For those who do use a LMS, three quarters (75 percent) share course materials online and more than a third (36 percent) use gamification to engage with students.
“This research indicates that lecturers recognise the positive impact technology can have on student engagement and the role it can play in relieving workplace stresses, but there are still a number of barriers preventing technology being used to its fullest potential,” said Elliot Gowans, Senior Vice President, International, D2L. “While the majority of lecturers use more rudimentary means of implementing technology in their teaching practices, such as communicating with students electronically and sharing course materials online, a far smaller proportion utilise more sophisticated technology-enabled teaching methods, such as automated plagiarism detection and gamification. The fact is that technology has the ability to make the learning experience much more dynamic and engaging, as well as ease the burden of lecturers’ growing workloads to help them meet the needs and requirements of the modern student.”
When asked about the main pressure-points in their jobs, half of lecturers (50 percent) said students are demanding greater availability of course materials online, 44 percent want more online and remote working opportunities, and 42 percent want more detailed feedback. Many lecturers recognise that technology can play a key role in addressing these challenges. That said, nearly half (47 percent) of lecturers feel that more support and training for educators is needed to help them embrace technology in the classroom.
“The benefits of technology in the learning environment are becoming increasingly well-known, however, this isn’t a silver bullet,” continued Gowans. “It’s clear that greater levels of support are needed to help lecturers get to grips with new technology and implement it within their courses.”
“In April this year, Damian Hinds revealed plans for the UK Government’s new Edtech Strategy, which puts great emphasis on supporting teachers in their own Continuing Professional Development (CPD) when it comes to technology. Ongoing learning is a critical part of a career in education, and institutions that support staff through simple, effective tech-based development programmes stand to increase staff engagement and improve teaching standards overall. If education technology is going to have the positive impact that industry, higher education institutions and lecturers all believe it can, there needs to be a greater emphasis placed on supporting lecturers in using it to its utmost. Education technology providers need to play a key role in helping institutions manage these changes and communicate them to staff, and we pride ourselves on being able to achieve this with many of our existing customers” concluded Gowans.
Brightspace is a cloud-based learning platform that makes online and blended learning easy, flexible, and smart. Brightspace is a quantum leap beyond traditional Learning Management System (LMS) – it is easy to drag-and-drop content to create engaging courses, supports all mobile devices, has industry-leading up-time, and is built with accessibility in mind for all learners. Plus, Brightspace enables the future of learning with a gaming engine, adaptive learning, video management, intelligent agents, templated interactives for course design, full support for outcomes or competency-based learning, and actionable learning analytics.
D2L’s Brightspace was recently named the #1 LMS in Higher Ed by Ovum Research and #1 in Adaptive Learning by eLearning Magazine. In addition, Aragon Research included D2L in its highly coveted Hot Vendors In Learning list. To learn more, visit the Enterprise page on our website.
D2L believes learning is the foundation upon which all progress and achievement rests. Working closely with organizations globally, D2L has transformed the way millions of people learn online and in the classroom. Learn more about D2L for schools, higher education and businesses at www.D2L.com.
D2L Press Contact
Jamie Waddell and Laurence Cooper
Finn Partners, 020 7017 8434
© 2020 D2L Corporation.
The D2L family of companies includes D2L Corporation, D2L Ltd, D2L Australia Pty Ltd, D2L Europe Ltd, D2L Asia Pte Ltd, and D2L Brasil Soluções de Tecnologia para Educação Ltda.
All D2L marks are trademarks of D2L Corporation. Please visit D2L.com/trademarks for a list of D2L marks.