Designing E-Learning Environments in Higher Education to Match Technological Trends

Designing E-Learning Environments in Higher Education to Match Technological Trends

Chad Manian (Berlin School of Business and Innovation, Germany)
Copyright: © 2020 |Pages: 15
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-2547-0.ch008


This chapter briefly examines the impact of prevailing technological trends on student learning and considers the potential role of e-learning technology in establishing learning environments favourable to higher education. The author identifies the noticeable decline in student competence, language/communication skill, and research ability as an outcome of emerging social media trend. Research indicates that current trends may pose a challenge to academia in the long run. The concluding strategies are suggested for establishing e-learning environments that facilitate improvement in student ability within higher education: 1) incorporating student-centric approach within higher institutions, 2) encouraging culture change among lecturers to create a more e-learning environment, 3) student goal-setting approach in e-learning design, 4) adopting online student portfolios for feedback, 5) implementing a learning strategy using digital media to enforce a learning culture.
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Research Objectives

This chapter addresses the following objectives:

  • To examine the impact of prevailing technological trends on student learning within higher education;

  • Critique contemporary theories to formulate a student-oriented approach to e-learning environments favourable to higher education institutions.

Structure of the Chapter

To address the above aims the chapter begins by providing definitional clarity of key concepts like learning, learning environments, with a brief history of the learning process as a phenomenon driven by dynamic social trends. The chapter then proceeds to review e-learning framework within higher education.

Before an approach to e-learning can be examined it is first necessary to understand and arrive at an acceptable definition of ‘learning’ which has been the topic of much academic debate. To this extent a review of considerable literature is made, comparing the views of different perspectives. Following this, technological trends within higher education are considered along with a discussion of their impact on student learning and performance.

The chapter considers student behaviour and performance to be an inevitable outcome of the learning environment. It is also presupposed that learning environments are often the result of prevailing institutional culture, broader social and technological trends. Consequently, the design of learning environment conducive to optimum performance is mentioned. Finally, to round up based on the above; institution-led strategies are suggested to improve student learning and performance while improving overall student experience for the higher education sector.

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