Virtual and Classroom Learning in Higher Education: A Guide to Effective Online Teaching

Teaching and Learning with Technology – Analysis of the Impact of Technology on Higher Education

Author(s): David Nichol* and David Littlefair

Pp: 14-23 (10)

DOI: 10.2174/9781681089287121010004

* (Excluding Mailing and Handling)


Technology is central to learning in Higher Education. This learning style has been in the vanguard of ensuring continuity of study for many students worldwide during the 2020 pandemic. This chapter examines the impact of teaching and learning using technology from a theoretical and practitioner perspective. It utilizes the experiences of a practitioner who has worked in this field over the past 20 years. This chapter contends that there are both positive and negative impacts of technology in learning and teaching. However, technology is now central to enhancing learning, and using a constructivist approach can be the most effective learning strategy when using technology. Professional development is potentially a key focus area of added value when using technology as a learning medium.

Keywords: Academic, Constructivist Classrooms, Constructivist Learning, Digital Classrooms, Digital Technology, Education, Higher Education, Impact of Technology Upon Learning, Laptops, Learning Management, Pedagogy, Pedagogical Practices, Post Compulsory Education and Training, Smartphones, Students, Teaching and Learning, Technical Infrastructure, Technology, Technology-Enhanced Learning, United Kingdom.

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