There are many factors that go into the successful implementation of an educational software product, according to a recently published study. The study’s authors looked at the impact of state-of- the-art technology tools used in higher education classes.
They focused on the following issues:
1) Strategy. It is important to note that educators use the same educational software programs in a variety of ways. It is a mistake to think one strategy works for everyone. And, some strategies do not work at all, as shown in the next paragraph.
2) Knowledge of Functionality. Many instructors do not bother to learn basic functionalities of software programs they ask students to use. Some do not check to see if students have ever logged into the software to use it. This lack of involvement does not work well for students.
3) Modification of curriculum. Students who took courses where teachers modified the curriculum to incorporate the software were more successful than those whose teachers did not.
“I wouldn’t characterize our report as cynical, just cautious,” said Barbara Means, director of the Center for Technology in Learning at SRI International and one of three authors of the report.
How Merit Can Work for You
In our more than 30 years of experience, we have seen similar results. Instructors who plan ahead get the most out of using Merit with students.
People have different definitions of what planning ahead means, but just taking 20 or 30 minutes to learn how Merit software functions can make an impact.
Merit is easy to learn to use. It does not take a lot of time for educators using Merit to become familiar with it.
Merit staffers have had experience working with numerous educators. Please contact us to get insights that can help you.
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