Technology will help — but not yet

Technology will help improve student success rates — in the future, said James Applegate, a Lumina Foundation vice president, at the Higher Ed Tech Summit in Las Vegas.

Executives agreed that technology won’t change teaching and learning immediately, reports the Chronicle of Higher Education.

“We’re beginning to get lots of data on things like time of task, but we don’t have the outcomes yet to say what leads to a true learning moment. I think we are three to five years away from being about to do that,” said Troy Williams, vice president and general manager of Macmillan New Ventures, which makes the classroom polling system called I-clicker.

“These are really early days,” agreed Matthew Pittinsky, who runs a digital transcript company called Parchment and was one of the founders of Blackboard.

Technology can provide a great deal of information to students or instructors, but it’s not clear they’ll know how to use it.

Technology companies will have to work with colleges to link “learning analytics” tools to teaching and learning outcomes, Applegate said.