Michael Williams Discusses Educational Technology With the Los Angeles Business Journal
While most schools have resumed in-person learning, edtech, or educational technology, isn’t going away. The growth of the edtech sector has been prolific as companies look for new ways to teach students coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In an article written by Destiny Torres of the Los Angeles Business Journal, Michael Williams, associate professor of information systems technology management, was interviewed about how schools are looking for edtech resources that show tangible results.
“If there’s a technology that has a clear impact on those measures that matter to us, we are much more interested in those business cases and therefore those technologies,” Williams said. “I think some of these technologies are maybe a technology in search of a problem. They have some new technology, and they think, ‘we can apply this to education, and it would be a fun way for students to interact with content.’ And there are probably a lot of benefits that they could offer, but those kinds of businesses don’t really move the needle on things like graduation, attrition or students’ success in a way that that education would really buy into.”
In the article, Williams tampers down the concern about increased influence of technology in the classroom, saying “finding ways to create valuable learning experiences and then repeating those learning experiences will enable student success regardless of what tools they’re using.”
Read the full article in the Los Angeles Business Journal.