Learning technology is an umbrella term that describes communication, information and technological tools used to enhance learning, teaching and assessment. This may involve computer-based learning or multimedia materials used to supplement in-class activities. Key categories of learning technology tools include tutorials, simulations, productivity tools, communication tools—such as email—and more. Tutorials teach new concepts in a structured format where simulations model an experiment or scenario. Productivity tools could include word processors and spreadsheets, even though they’re not necessarily designed for education purposes and are used in regular workplaces.
Learning technology includes the range of digital tools and media used for teaching and learning. For professors, learning technologies should further their teaching and learning goals. Any learning technology should help students increase their self-responsibility, act as an extension of their individual and collaborative learning and empower students to take part in higher order learning to understand how knowledge is used beyond the classroom.