Digital Learning Capacity

Advances in technology have changed the way people communicate, interact, and work, but it’s also altered the way children learn. As digital learning continues to expand, it’s critical for K-12 curricula to embrace new technologies. A study conducted by Learning.com from 2012 to 2017 found that 75 percent of fifth- and eighth-grade students were not proficient in 21st century technological skills. More research is needed to understand how technology can support transformative teaching and learning.

What are we doing about it?

The College of Education is:

  • Researching how to use digital tools effectively with K-12 populations for critical learning, digital communication, and composing to increase engagement and preparation for higher education learning environments to retaining underrepresented students in education
  • Providing a cutting-edge instructional space for UA College of Education faculty, staff, and students to explore and learn about digital literacies and digital learning
  • Supporting Arizona College of Education faculty and students in professional preparation programs to explore digital learning and instructional approaches for effectively integrating technology into their courses
  • Providing  a space for Arizona College of Education faculty and graduate students to conduct research
  • Showcasing digital products and archives from learning and highlighting ongoing research
  • Inspiring new innovations in teaching and learning
  • Researching digital literacies across teaching and learning settings within schools and beyond
  • Examining the benefit of telepresence and other engaging digital learning tools (robotics, virtual reality) to increase access and enhance educational learning opportunities of youth with medical conditions
  • Impact of mobile technologies to enhance learning experiences

Who is doing it?

Associate Professor, College of Education, Stephen Arnold
Associate Professor, Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies, Blaine Smith
Associate Professor, Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies, Jill Castek
Department Head, Disability & Psychoeducational Studies, Carl Liaupsin
Associate Professor, Disability & Psychoeducational Studies, Michelle Perfect