The IUP Journal of Information Technology
The Impact of Digital Learning Tools on Student Performance

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Pub. Date : Sept, 2019
Product Name : The IUP Journal of Information Technology
Product Type : Article
Product Code : IJIT41909
Author Name : Rekha Attri and Pooja Kushwaha
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Subject/Domain : Engineering
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No. of Pages : 09

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Abstract

A lot of emphasis in the present times is on transiting towards student-centric learning which aids in creating authentic student experiences by engaging them in higher order thinking as compared to traditional instructional teaching in classrooms. A knowledge of how students engage in digital learning tools can play a vital role in managing and leveraging technology for enhancing the student learning. Studies on the effect of the usage of digital technology on the academic performance and subsequent placement of the students graduating from higher education institutions are very limited. This study explores the impact of the usage of digital learning tools on the academic performance and placement package of the students. This exploratory study involved primary data analysis of 240 students enrolled and passed out from two years’ business management course in a B-school in India. Academic performance is strongly correlated with the time spent on digital learning tools. However, a very weak and insignificant correlation is observed between the time spent on digital learning tools and the final placement package received. The regression model is significant for the impact of usage of digital learning tools on the academic performance of the students (adjusted R2 = 0.659). However, the model is not significant (adjusted R2 = –0.004) for the impact of usage of digital learning tools on the placement package received by the students.


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A paradigm shift from instructional teaching to student-centered learning has been observed in higher education (Jonassen, 1993) resulting in the increased emphasis on designing curriculum for achieving the learning outcomes as compared to the content being covered. Creation of such a constructivist learner-centric education environment requires provision of resources to autonomous independent learners so that they can discover things for themselves rather than passive tuition (Lin and Hsieh, 2001). Critical thinking, creativity, effective communication and the ability to collaborate for productive team work are requirements of today’s organizations and these skill sets need to be developed in individuals while they are enrolled in formal learning at educational institutions (Blair, 2012).


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Learning Management System (LMS), Course Management System (CMS), Digital learning, Student performance, Student learning

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