Students 'Like' Adaptive Learning

Maybe it’s not so terrible that students are constantly checking their “likes” on social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram.
MAYBE IT'S NOT SO TERRIBLE THAT STUDENTS are constantly checking their “likes” on social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. Seeking instant feedback could be a significant asset when it comes to studying with the help of technology, according to “The Impact of Technology on College Student Study Habits,” McGraw-Hill Education’s third annual survey on study trends.

According to the report, 87 percent of college students say that having access to data analytics regarding their academic performance can have a positive impact on their learning experiences. The survey also focused on adaptive learning technology, which asks students to answer questions related to the material and then presents personalized feedback to help them study more efficiently. Seventy-five percent of students using adaptive learning technology report that it is very or extremely helpful in allowing them to retain new concepts; and 68 percent report that it makes them more aware of previously unfamiliar concepts. Eighty-four percent of students using adaptive learning technology indicate a moderate or major improvement in their grades.

Studying with technology also increases their engagement with course materials (according to 77 percent of respondents), professors (64 percent), and fellow students (50 percent). Additionally, 67 percent of students say technology makes them feel better prepared in class. While more students are turning to mobile devices while they study, laptops still rule: 86 percent of students report using laptops often or all the time; 57 percent of students report using smartphones as frequently. And 85 percent agree it would be impossible to study in their preferred spaces if not for one of those devices.

The study includes responses from 2,657 college students enrolled in U.S. institutions; it was fielded by Hanover Research.

See an infographic with highlights from the study at www.mheducation. com/content/dam/mhe/corporate/ press_releases/digital-study-trends_ infographic-fall-2015-final.jpg.