How Teaching and Learning Are Changing In Response To New Educational Technologies

Idea in Brief

Technology is evolving the way educators teach and helping tech-savvy students stay more engaged in their classwork. Whether by incorporating innovative ways to share information, or by connecting with students taking classes online, new technology-enabled teaching and learning tools are helping to expand the walls of the traditional classroom.

An aphorism often quoted in education circles — “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” — dates back all the way back to Chinese Confucian philosopher Xunzi (312-230 BC) and yet is no less true today.

These words of wisdom are particularly apropos to the increased use of technology in higher ed teaching practices. Today’s students are intrigued by the latest and greatest gadgets and many aren’t interested in learning the “old fashioned way”.

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