New Research: More than Half of College Students Prefer Classes That Use Digital Learning Technology

NEW YORK, Nov. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Learning science company McGraw-Hill Education today announced the results of its fourth annual Digital Study Trends Survey, offering fresh insights into college students' preferences and habits for using technology in the classroom and beyond. The latest results, compiled by Hanover Research from the responses of more than 1,000 U.S. college students, show an overwhelming majority of students feel digital learning technology has positively affected their schoolwork - aiding concept retention and improving grades - and that more than half (53 percent) of students prefer classes that use such tools.

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Among the top findings:

    --  Ninety-four percent of students said digital learning technology has
        helped them retain new concepts (with 30 percent indicating that
        technology was extremely helpful), and more than half of the students
        think digital learning technology helped them better understand concepts
        they didn't know.
    --  A solid majority (60 percent) of students feel that digital learning
        technology has improved their grades, with a fifth saying it
        "significantly" improved their grades. Students in STEM majors were the
        most likely to say technology positively affected their grades.
    --  Approximately 60 percent of students agree that digital learning
        technology increased their engagement with course materials.

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"As a learning science company, we've long understood the positive impact that digital solutions can have on student learning, and it's great to see students themselves also recognizing those benefits," said Scott Virkler, Chief Product Officer of McGraw-Hill Education's Higher Education Group. "Powerful digital learning technology can customize the learning experience for every student, helping him or her understand challenging concepts more fully and empowering them to improve their classroom performance. As these solutions continue to make inroads on college campuses, we look forward to seeing even more improvements in student learning outcomes."

In addition to improving grades, increasing engagement and helping students learn new concepts, respondents also reported other benefits of digital learning technology

    --  More than 62 percent of students agreed that digital learning technology
        is extremely or very helpful in preparing for tests and exams.
    --  More than 66 percent of students agreed that digital learning technology
        is extremely or very helpful in completing assignments.
    --  Nearly 59 percent of students agreed that digital learning technology is
        extremely or very helpful for self-study.

Students majoring in STEM subjects were more likely to say technology was affecting their day-to-day studying than students overall:

    --  Students in STEM fields were more likely to report an improvement in
        grades from using technology: 72 percent of respondents in physical
        sciences, 65 percent of respondents in biological sciences, and 64
        percent of students in engineering, math and computer science.
    --  Fifty-eight percent of biological and life sciences students and 54
        percent of health profession students reported that digital learning
        technology made them better-prepared for the classroom, compared to 46
        percent of respondents overall.
    --  Fifty-four percent of biological and life sciences students and 53
        percent of math and computer science students agree that digital
        learning technology improved their studying efficiency, compared to 47
        percent of students overall.

Survey results also showed that the majority of students were using digital tools to complete homework assignments and prepare for exams.

    --  Eighty-two percent of survey respondents reported using laptops for
        homework assignments, compared to 59 percent using print materials.
    --  70 percent of students reported using laptops for test/exam preparation,
        while 69 percent use print materials.
    --  While the vast majority of students had smartphones, only about 38
        percent of the students used smartphones to complete homework
        assignments and study for exams.

About McGraw-Hill Education
McGraw-Hill Education is a learning science company that delivers personalized learning experiences that help students, parents, educators and professionals drive results. McGraw-Hill Education has offices across North America, India, China, Europe, the Middle East and South America, and makes its learning solutions available in more than 60 languages. Visit us at or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

Tyler Reed
McGraw-Hill Education
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