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Survey: Male Professors Lag Behind Women in Adopting Technology to Engage Students

Higher ed faculty want more resources to introduce classroom tech

New data shows that while male university professors believe they are ahead of the curve when it comes to technology adoption in the classroom, they actually lag behind their female counterparts. And less than one-third of all professors say they are prepared to equip Generation Z students for the modern-day workplace.

A survey of 500 U.S. university professors by Censuswide commissioned by D2L reveals college and university faculty aren’t ready for technologically savvy students who have never known a world without the internet or smartphones.

“Today’s modern learners expect their learning experience to be just as connected as their lives outside the classroom,” said D2L President and CEO John Baker. “If college and university instructors want to meet the needs of their students, they need to engage them technologically.”

Key survey findings include:

  • Women instructors reported using technology slightly more than men for communicating with students, sharing course materials, grading essays and plagiarism detection (64% vs. 60%). Men were ahead in one category related to classroom technology: using gamification to engage with students (42% vs. 33%).
  • More than half of early-career educators (51%) say students want more detailed feedback and one-on-one interaction than do older professors (41%), with only 34% of instructors ages 45-54 saying students want more engagement.
  • Instructors said additional support and training would help them embrace tech in the classroom (52%); 43% said more budget from academic institutions would help with proper implementation of learning technologies.
  • Faculty ages 25 to 34 say they feel the most prepared to equip Gen Z students for the modern-day workplace.

Rather than relieving stress, tech adoption is actually a key pressure point for lecturers.

  • Sixty percent of lecturers say they have experienced stress based on institutional pressure to use technology, including anxiety (25%), sleepless nights (20%), tension in their personal life (18%), tension with colleagues (17%) and arguments with students (16%).
  • Instructors ages 55+ were much less likely than professors ages 25-34 to say pressure from students to use technology causes them stress.
  • Fifty-seven percent of lecturers say students are demanding greater availability of course materials online, 52% say students want more online and remote working opportunities, and 40% say students want more detailed feedback.

There are barriers to faculty adopting the technology they are provided with.

  • Eighty-seven percent of lecturers have access to a learning management system. Of these, 54% use an LMS regularly, 24% don’t use one regularly, 7% don’t use one at all and 25-34-year-olds use one the most, with lecturers ages 35-44 coming in second.
  • Forty-five percent of lecturers don’t receive IT setup support from their institutions.
  • Fifty percent don’t receive online educational resources.
  • Only 40% receive regular professional development sessions or workshops.
  • Fifty-one percent say that more support and training would help them embrace tech in the classroom; 43% said offering more budget would help.

For more detailed survey results, please see here.

 

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Survey Data

Q1. When it comes to adoption of technology, how do you use this in your teaching? (Tick all that apply)

Total Gender Age
Male Female 16-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55+
Base 500 277 223 3 118 195 113 71
Q1 Communicate with students electronically 407 217 190 1 94 165 93 54
81.40% 78.30% 85.20% 33.30% 79.70% 84.60% 82.30% 76.10%
Access and share course materials online 395 211 184 2 94 156 86 57
79.00% 76.20% 82.50% 66.70% 79.70% 80.00% 76.10% 80.30%
Make or edit essays online 316 167 149 2 87 128 68 31
63.20% 60.30% 66.80% 66.70% 73.70% 65.60% 60.20% 43.70%
Utilise online forums 284 150 134 1 79 115 61 28
56.80% 54.20% 60.10% 33.30% 66.90% 59.00% 54.00% 39.40%
Automated plagiarism detection 252 132 120 1 65 110 52 24
50.40% 47.70% 53.80% 33.30% 55.10% 56.40% 46.00% 33.80%
Use gamification to engage with students 189 115 74 1 56 88 36 8
37.80% 41.50% 33.20% 33.30% 47.50% 45.10% 31.90% 11.30%
Other, please specify 12 7 5 1 4 2 5
2.40% 2.50% 2.20% 0.80% 2.10% 1.80% 7.00%
I do not do any of the above in my teaching 9 5 4 1 2 2 4
1.80% 1.80% 1.80% 0.80% 1.00% 1.80% 5.60%

Q2. How do you think your adoption of technology in the classroom compares to other educators at similar institutions?

Total Gender Age
Male Female 16-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55+
Base 500 277 223 3 118 195 113 71
Q2. I’m on par with them 239 122 117 3 35 92 68 41
47.80% 44.00% 52.50% 100.00% 29.70% 47.20% 60.20% 57.50%
I’m ahead of the curve 222 135 87 79 92 35 16
44.40% 48.70% 39.00% 66.90% 47.20% 31.00% 22.50%
I lag behind 35 18 17 4 10 9 12
7.00% 6.50% 7.60% 3.40% 5.10% 8.00% 16.90%
I don’t know 4 2 2 1 1 2
0.80% 0.70% 0.90% 0.50% 0.90% 2.80%

Q3. What could the administration do to get you to embrace tech in the classroom? (tick all that apply)

Total Gender Age
Male Female 16-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55+
Base 500 277 223 3 118 195 113 71
Q3. Offer more support and training for educators 259 138 121 1 61 109 59 29
51.80% 49.80% 54.30% 33.30% 51.70% 55.90% 52.20% 40.80%
Offer more budget 219 135 84 55 82 58 24
43.80% 48.70% 37.70% 46.60% 42.10% 51.30% 33.80%
Offer more support and training for students 205 123 82 58 90 34 23
41.00% 44.40% 36.80% 49.20% 46.20% 30.10% 32.40%
Provide more or specific time to get it set up 170 101 69 47 76 34 13
34.00% 36.50% 30.90% 39.80% 39.00% 30.10% 18.30%
Nothing: I am using a lot of tech in my classroom 73 34 39 18 26 17 12
14.60% 12.30% 17.50% 15.30% 13.30% 15.00% 16.90%
Nothing: I think the traditional models are the best way to work 25 15 10 2 6 4 4 9
5.00% 5.40% 4.50% 66.70% 5.10% 2.10% 3.50% 12.70%
Other, please specify 5 3 2 2 2 1
1.00% 1.10% 0.90% 1.00% 1.80% 1.40%

Q4. Do you have access to a Learning Management System (LMS) at work?

Total Gender Age
Male Female 16-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55+
Base 500 277 223 3 118 195 113 71
Q1. Yes, and I use it regularly across my courses 272 152 120 70 114 60 28
54.40% 54.90% 53.80% 59.30% 58.50% 53.10% 39.40%
Yes, but I don’t use it regularly 123 71 52 1 31 45 25 21
24.60% 25.60% 23.30% 33.30% 26.30% 23.10% 22.10% 26.90%
No 48 28 20 5 17 10 16
9.60% 10.10% 9.00% 4.20% 8.70% 8.80% 22.50%
Yes, but I don’t use it at all 36 20 16 2 10 10 13 1
7.20% 7.20% 7.20% 66.70% 8.50% 5.10% 11.50% 1.40%
I don’t know 21 6 15 2 9 5 5
4.20% 2.20% 6.70% 1.70% 4.60% 4.40% 7.00%

Q5. Thinking about the rapid changes we see in education today, what are the top causes of stress in your day to day work? (Tick up to three)

Total Gender Age
Male Female 16-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55+
Base 500 277 223 3 118 195 113 71
Q5. Administrative pressure from the higher education institution where I work 238 130 108 1 61 89 51 36
47.60% 46.90% 48.40% 33.30% 51.70% 45.60% 45.10% 50.70%
Internal pressure that I put on myself 222 126 96 2 55 88 49 28
44.40% 45.50% 43.00% 66.70% 46.60% 45.10% 43.40% 39.40%
Pressure and demands form the students that I teach 193 105 88 1 55 81 40 16
38.60% 37.90% 39.50% 33.30% 46.60% 41.50% 35.40% 22.50%
Pressure from peers (i.e. to keep up output of papers/research) 137 73 64 34 62 32 9
21.40% 26.40% 28.70% 28.80% 31.80% 28.30% 12.70%
Pressure generated by a lack of knowledge surrounding technology in my role 112 70 42 1 37 44 21 9
22.40% 25.30% 18.80% 33.30% 31.40% 22.60% 18.60% 12.70%
I do not have a top cause of stress in ny day to day work 41 21 20 5 19 9 8
8.20% 7.60% 9.00% 4.20% 9.70% 8.00% 11.30%
Other, please specify 11 5 6 1 5 3 2
2.20% 1.80% 2.70% 0.80% 2.60% 2.70% 2.80%

Q6. What pressures do you believe that, when used appropriately, technology could alleviate? (Tick all that apply)

Total Gender Age
Male Female 16-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55+
Base 500 277 223 3 118 195 113 71
Q6. Pressure and demands from the students that I teach 200 108 92 1 53 89 40 17
40.00% 39.00% 41.30% 33.30% 44.90% 45.60% 35.40% 23.90%
Administrative pressure from the high education institution where I work 189 117 72 1 52 80 44 12
37.80% 42.20% 32.30% 33.30% 44.10% 41.00% 38.90% 16.90%
Internal pressure that I put on myself 188 112 76 46 89 35 18
37.60% 40.40% 34.10% 39.00% 45.60% 31.00% 25.40%
Pressure generated by a lack of knowledge surronding technology in my role 169 96 73 2 47 66 37 17
33.80% 34.70% 32.70% 66.70% 39.80% 33.80% 32.70% 23.90%
Pressure from peers (i.e. to keep up output of papers/research) 123 73 50 1 32 59 25 6
24.60% 26.40% 22.40% 33.30% 27.10% 30.30% 22.10% 8.50%
I do not think technology could alleviate any pressures 55 22 33 6 17 12 20
11.00% 7.90% 14.80% 5.10% 8.70% 10.60% 28.20%
Other, please specify 7 5 2 2 1 4
1.40% 1.80% 0.90% 1.00% 0.90% 5.60%

Q7. Do any issues with technology concern you? (Tick all that apply)

Total Gender Age
Male Female 16-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55+
Base 500 277 223 3 118 195 113 71
Q7. Data breaches 282 160 122 1 61 118 62 40
56.40% 57.80% 54.70% 33.30% 51.70% 60.50% 54.90% 56.30%
Students becoming too reliant on it 261 142 119 1 63 105 60 32
52.20% 51.30% 53.40% 33.30% 53.40% 53.80% 53.10% 45.10%
Data privacy rules 240 136 104 1 61 108 47 23
48.00% 49.10% 46.60% 33.30% 51.70% 55.40% 41.60% 32.40%
Cyberbullying 240 130 110 1 67 94 49 29
48.00% 46.90% 49.30% 33.30% 56.80% 48.20% 43.40% 40.80%
Rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) 130 81 49 33 55 34 8
26.00% 29.20% 22.00% 28.00% 28.20% 30.10% 11.30%
None of these issues concern me 29 13 16 1 5 10 4 9
5.80% 4.70% 7.20% 33.30% 4.20% 5.10% 3.50% 12.70%
Other, please specify 5 4 1 1 2 2
1.00% 1.40% 0.40% 0.50% 1.80% 2.80%

Q8. In light of changing student demands, do you believe that students have higher expectations of their teaching experience, and if so, in what areas? (Tick all that apply)

Total Gender Age
Male Female 16-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55+
Base 500 277 223 3 118 195 113 71
Q8. Greater availability of course materials 282 147 135 1 57 125 66 33
56.40% 53.10% 60.50% 33.30% 48.30% 64.10% 58.40% 46.50%
More online and remote working options 263 147 116 66 104 61 32
52.60% 53.10% 52.00% 55.90% 53.30% 54.00% 45.10%
More on-on-one interaction 210 115 95 1 51 93 46 19
42.00% 41.50% 42.60% 33.30% 43.20% 47.70% 40.70% 26.80%
More detailed feedback 202 106 96 2 56 86 38 20
40.40% 38.30% 43.00% 66.70% 47.50% 44.10% 33.60% 28.20%
More contact hours every week 171 99 72 1 51 73 30 16
34.20% 35.70% 32.30% 33.30% 43.20% 37.40% 26.50% 22.50%
I don’t believe students are more demanding 30 17 13 3 10 7 10
6.00% 6.10% 5.80% 2.50% 5.10% 6.20% 14.10%
Other, please specify 9 7 2 3 4 2
1.80% 2.50% 0.90% 1.50% 3.50% 2.80%

Q9. How prepared do you feel to equip gen Z students (those born from 1995-2012) for the modern-day workplace?

Total Gender Age
Male Female 16-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55+
Base 500 277 223 3 118 195 113 71
Completly prepared 157 94 63 53 66 24 14
Q9. 31.40% 33.90% 28.30% 44.90% 33.80% 21.20% 19.70%
Somewhat prepared 250 135 115 2 50 99 65 34
50.00% 48.70% 51.60% 66.70% 42.40% 50.80% 57.50% 47.90%
Neither prepared nor unprepared 54 30 24 10 18 14 12
10.80% 10.80% 10.80% 8.50% 9.20% 12.40% 16.90%
Not that prepared 29 10 19 4 9 7 9
5.80% 3.60% 8.50% 3.40% 4.60% 6.20% 12.70%
Not prepared at all 10 8 2 1 1 3 3 2
2.00% 2.90% 0.90% 33.30% 0.80% 1.50% 2.70% 2.80%

Q10. Do you feel adding more technology to your classroom would increase student engagement?

Total Gender Age
Male Female 16-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55+
Base 500 277 223 3 118 195 113 71
Q10. Yes, definitely 270 156 114 1 83 110 56 20
54.00% 56.30% 51.10% 33.30% 70.30% 56.40% 49.60% 28.20%
Yes, possibly 174 91 83 2 26 72 40 34
34.80% 32.90% 37.20% 66.70% 22.00% 36.90% 35.40% 47.90%
No 56 30 26 9 13 17 17
11.20% 10.80% 11.70% 7.60% 6.70% 15.00% 23.90%

Q11. What, if any, support do you receive from your institution with regards to the successful integration of technology into your classroom? (Tick all that apply)

Total Gender Age
Male Female 16-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55+
Base 500 277 223 3 118 195 113 71
Q11. IT set-up support 274 138 136 63 109 56 46
54.80% 49.80% 61.00% 53.40% 55.90% 49.60% 64.80%
Online educational resources 252 135 117 1 66 95 56 34
50.40% 48.70% 52.50% 33.30% 55.90% 48.70% 49.60% 47.90%
Regular professional development sessions/workshops 201 101 100 49 83 46 23
40.20% 36.50% 44.80% 41.50% 42.60% 40.70% 32.40%
Faculty peer knowledge exchange 181 106 75 42 80 39 20
36.20% 38.30% 33.60% 35.60% 41.00% 34.50%
Technology mentors or instructional designers 167 102 65 44 72 33 18
33.40% 36.80% 29.10% 37.30% 36.90% 29.20% 25.40%
Technology-focused conferences 157 92 65 2 39 71 28 17
31.40% 33.20% 29.10% 66.70% 33.10% 36.40% 24.80% 23.90%
I am not receiving any tech support from my institution 27 13 14 1 4 7 7 8
5.40% 4.70% 6.30% 33.30% 3.40% 3.60% 6.20% 11.30%
Other, please specify 3 1 2 2 1
0.60% 0.40% 0.90% 1.00% 1.40%

Q12. Has pressure from your institution to utilize technology caused any negative outcomes? (tick all that apply)

Total Gender Age
Male Female 16-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55+
Base 500 277 223 3 118 195 113 71
Q12. I have experienced none of these negative outcomes 200 94 106 1 37 78 47 37
40.00% 33.90% 47.50% 33.30% 31.40% 40.00% 41.60% 52.10%
Anxiety 123 70 53 1 24 50 30 18
24.60% 25.30% 23.80% 33.30% 20.30% 25.60% 26.50% 25.40%
It has caused you to omplement DIY tech capabilities in your own classroom 122 76 46 1 37 49 24 11
24.40% 27.40% 20.60% 33.30% 31.40% 25.10% 21.20% 15.50%
Sleepless nights 98 62 36 1 30 40 19 8
19.60% 22.40% 16.10% 33.30% 25.40% 20.50% 16.80% 11.30%
Tension in your personal life 89 59 30 1 29 38 17 4
17.80% 21.30% 13.50% 33.30% 24.60% 19.50% 15.00% 5.60%
Tension between you and you colleagues/peers 86 57 29 30 36 15 5
17.20% 20.60% 13.00% 25.40% 18.50% 13.30% 7.00%
Arguments with students 78 49 29 1 24 29 19 5
15.60% 17.70% 13.00% 33.30% 20.30% 14.90% 16.80% 7.00%
Other, please specify 9 4 5 1 1 2 5
1.80% 1.40% 2.20% 0.80% 0.50% 1.80% 7.00%

Q13. Has pressure from your students to utilise technology caused any negative outcomes? (tick all that apply)

Total Gender Age
Male Female 16-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55+
Base 500 277 223 3 118 195 113 71
Q13. I have experienced none of these negative outcomes 233 115 118 42 93 54 44
46.60% 41.50% 52.90% 35.60% 47.70% 47.80% 62.00%
Anxiety 125 77 48 1 36 49 25 14
25.00% 27.80% 21.50% 33.30% 30.50% 25.10% 22.10% 19.70%
Arguments with students 92 61 31 2 30 38 16 6
18.40% 22.00% 13.90% 66.70% 25.40% 19.50% 14.20% 8.50%
Tension between you and your colleagues/peers 83 49 34 32 39 9 3
16.60% 17.70% 15.20% 27.10% 20.00% 8.00% 4.20%
Sleepless nights 82 50 32 2 21 34 17 8
16.40% 18.10% 14.30% 66.70% 17.80% 17.40% 15.00% 11.30%
It has caused you to omplement DIY tech capabilities in your own classroom 69 41 28 15 23 24 7
13.80% 14.80% 12.60% 12.70% 11.80% 21.20% 9.90%
Tension in your personal life 63 36 27 22 24 12 5
12.60% 13.00% 12.10% 18.60 12.30% 10.60% 7.00%
Other, please specify 5 3 2 3 1 1
1.00% 1.10% 0.90% 1.50% 0.90% 1.40%

Q14. Do you think increased technology options in education leads to an overall positive or negative impact to the education system?

Total Gender Age
Male Female 16-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55+
Base 500 277 223 3 118 195 113 71
Q14. Positive 408 229 179 1 105 171 82 49
81.60% 82.70% 80.30% 33.30% 89.00% 87.70% 72.60% 69.00%
Don’t know 55 26 29 1 6 16 18 14
11.00% 9.40% 13.00% 33.30% 5.10% 8.20% 15.90% 19.70%
Negative 37 22 15 1 7 8 13 8
7.40% 7.90% 6.70% 33.30% 5.90% 4.10% 11.50% 11.30%

Q15. Do you think your time spent at university would have been easier if you had access to the technology available to modern day students?

Total Gender Age
Male Female 16-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55+
Base 500 277 223 3 118 195 113 71
Q15. Yes, definitely 314 182 132 1 86 130 64 33
62.80% 65.70% 59.20% 33.30% 72.90% 66.70% 56.60% 46.50%
Yes, possibly 143 73 70 2 26 51 37 27
28.60% 26.40% 31.40% 66.70% 22.00% 26.20% 32.70% 38.00%
No 43 22 21 6 14 12 11
8.60% 7.90% 9.40% 5.10% 7.20% 10.60% 15.50%

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