Web-Based Technology Has Immediate Impact on Student Success in Higher Education, Landmark McGraw-Hill Study Finds

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For Immediate Release


Web
-
Based Technology Has Immediate Impact on Student Success in

Higher Education, Landmark McGraw
-
Hill Study Finds


Victoria, B.C.


June 10
, 2003


The results of the fourth in a series of landmark studies presented by
McGraw
-
Hill Ryerson indicate that
web
-
based technology is helping instructors achieve teaching objectives
and has a positive impact on student attitude
s and achievement. The study directly examines the impact and
fascinating shift that extensive use of web
-
based technology has made on student success and on institutions
of higher learning.

Some distinct trends in faculty members’ attitudes toward and the

use of technology for teaching and
learning are emerging after the fourth year of data collection.

In 1999, only 22% of faculty participants
regarded technology as very or extremely important for achieving success; in 2002, figures have risen to 57%.
The

survey indicates that technology has increased dramatically in terms of importance, approaching the 68%
of respondents that rate training/professional development as very or extremely important. Sixty percent of
respondents assigned a high level of import
ance to course website use in achieving teaching objectives.

“Web
-
based technology seems to have become so pervasive in educational life that its importance is
being eclipsed by its ubiquity,” said Petra M. Cooper, President of Higher Education, McGraw
-
Hil
l Ryerson. “It
is remarkable that 84% of faculty report satisfaction in their efforts to successfully integrate technology into
their courses.”

The ‘Technology and Student Success’ survey was originated by McGraw
-
Hill Ryerson and probes the
impact of the
use of technology in the higher education community. This year’s study focused on the impact of
e
-
learning and Web technology

on student success and

was
redesigned to give more emphasis to actual
behavior than perceptions. A
n independent research company,
under the guidance of an advisory board of
college and university faculty members and senior administrators designed and conducted the survey.

This is the only study of its kind in Canada. Data was gathered from 1,177 Canadian university and
college instru
ctors from a range of disciplines. The report presents the major findings from the 2002 research
study in the context of the Canadian results and those from a concurrent American study.

“Having specific data on the impact of technology on the Canadian hig
her education classrooms
provides invaluable insight on the ways college and university instructors are integrating technology into their
course work, why they use it and what challenges they face,” said Dr. Bill Muirhead, Associate Provost,
Learning Techn
ologies, University of Ontario, Institute of Technology.

The findings will be offered as part of a plenary panel discussion at the McGraw
-
Hill Ryerson Teaching,
Technology and Learning conference in Victoria B.C. on Tuesday, June 10.


Dr. Catherine Henders
on, Chief
Information Officer, Government of Ontario, Information Technology, will facilitate the panel. For additional
information on the conference, please visit:
web.uvic.ca/terc/resources
/mcgrawconf.html
.

The 30
-
page report may be purchased for $24.95. To order copies please visit:
www.mcgrawhill.ca/highereducation
.

For Immediate Release


Web
-
Based Technology Has Immediate Impact on Student Success in

Higher Education, Landmark McGraw
-
Hill Study Finds


About McGraw
-
Hill Ryerson


McGraw
-
Hill Ryerson publishes and di
stributes educational and professional products in both electronic and
print formats. These products are designed to fulfill the individual needs of customers by providing effective
and innovative educational and learning solutions. Based in Whitby, Ontari
o, McGraw
-
Hill Ryerson is operated
independently, in close cooperation with various divisions and international subsidiaries of its majority
shareholder, The McGraw
-
Hill Companies Inc.


About The McGraw Hill Companies
:


Founded in 1888, The McGraw
-
Hill C
ompanies is a global information services provider meeting worldwide
needs in the financial services, education and business information markets through leading brands such as
Standard & Poor's,
BusinessWeek

and McGraw
-
Hill Education.
The Corporation has m
ore than more than 320

offices in 34 countries. Sales in 2002 were $4.8 billion. Additional information is available at
www.mcgraw
-
hill.com
.



Contact:


McGraw
-
Hill Ryerson

(Whitby, Ontario)



Joe Saundercook



(905)
430
-
5230



joes@mcgrawhill.ca








McGraw
-
Hill Education

(New York)

April Hattori

(212) 904
-
2078

april_hattori@mcgraw
-
hill.com


Diane Lopez




(212) 904
-
3214



diane_lopez@mcgraw
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hill.com