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EdTech and Online Learning in Higher Ed: Navigating the Digital Era with Excitement and Challenges

In this week’s EdTech news, academics are expressing concern and excitement about the overwhelming options for implementing technology into in-person, hybrid, and online classrooms.

Academics Embrace and Worry About Technology: Navigating the Digital Era in Higher Education


Got plans to spend your summer learning more about ed tech, AI, and media tools for your next semester? If you’re like the teachers attending the Digital Universities U.S. conference co-hosted by Times Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed, you are excited, curious, and wary of new tech.

Inside Higher Ed explores the concerns raised by academics at the conference in the article “Academics Fall and Fret About Technology.” 

"Just as we meet our students where they are, we have to meet our faculty where they are.” Greg Heiberger, South Dakota State University,

Conference attendees are embracing tech with caution. Some fear technology may replace traditional teaching methods. Others worry about the unknown. And, for many, there’s not enough time to learn new tools.

Academics expressed concern about the digital divide and accessibility to broadband and devices. Educational technology only works if students can access it.

A key takeaway from the article is the importance of balancing pedagogy and technology. While technology can offer exciting opportunities for interactive and engaging learning experiences, it is crucial to focus on pedagogical principles and align learning and assessments to outcomes. Ultimately, technology is a valuable tool that enhances educational experience, supporting students’ and educators’ growth and success.

Rapid Growth in Digital Education Market Driven by Tech, Mixed with Challenges


A new Digital Education Market report from Global Insight Services signals what’s trending and challenging the online learning market.

The report indicates that technological advancements play a vital role in the growth of the digital education market. Innovations such as artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality (VR), and augmented reality (AR) are revolutionizing the learning experience, offering interactive and immersive educational content. These technologies can potentially enhance student engagement, improve comprehension, and provide personalized learning experiences tailored to individual needs.

The market is also challenged by access to reliable internet and broadband, and technology infrastructure. Security to safeguard student information against threats and data breaches is also a concern. Addressing these challenges will be vital in realizing the full potential of digital education and ensuring its accessibility and effectiveness for learners worldwide.

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Angela Britcher

Angela Britcher, M.A. is an adjunct professor, curriculum developer, and content writer.

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