Almost all college students say technology helps their learning

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More than half of students prefer classes that use digital tools, and the majority feels that technology has helped them improve their grades.

The new Digital Study Trends Survey by McGraw-Hill Education shows that an overwhelming majority of college students think digital learning technology (DLT) benefits their schoolwork and helps them retain concepts.

For the study, McGraw-Hill analyzed data, compiled by Hanover Research, from the responses of more than 1,000 U.S. college students.

"Powerful digital learning technology can customize the learning experience for every student, helping him or her understand challenging concepts more fully and empowering each student to improve his or her classroom performance,” said Scott Virkler, Chief Product Officer of McGraw-Hill Education's Higher Education Group.

More than half of students prefer classes that use digital tools, and the majority feels that technology has helped them improve their grades.

KEY FINDINGS

  • Online students are more likely to choose classes that use DLT. Fifty four percent of them said technology influences which classes they take and three quarters prefer classes that use DLT.
  • Laptops are still the preferred device for studying. Close to 90% of participants said laptops are very important for studying.
  • Smartphones are not perceived as relevant for learning. Only a third of students consider their smartphone as an important learning tool.
  • Students believe DLT has improved their grades. Sixty percent of students indicate that DLT has improved their grades and 68% consider DLT very important for class research.
  • Students prefer to communicate with teachers by email. With their peers, they use social media, texting, and email.
  • Online students are less likely to communicate with peers and teachers.
  • DLT does not increase engagement between students and does not facilitate classroom participation.
  • Snapchat and Instagram are popular among younger students (19 and under), while Facebook is used the most by students that are 24 or older. YouTube is used by 87% of respondents and Netflix is used by 70% of them.

Go to this webpage to read the full study.