Encyclopedia of Education and Information Technologies

2020 Edition
| Editors: Arthur Tatnall

Digital Technologies in Higher Education, Learning Challenges

  • Fayiz Aldhafeeri
  • Trevor MaleEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-10576-1_250



This entry explores the use of digital technologies in higher education. There is now widespread recognition that in the twenty-first century digital technologies, particularly portable hand-held devices capable of Internet connection, present opportunities and challenges to the way in which student learning is organized in schools, colleges, and institutions of higher education. Traxler (2010) suggests such devices are pervasive and ubiquitous, conspicuous and unobtrusive, noteworthy and taken-for-granted with everyone typically owning one, using one and often having more than one. Consequently, it has been argued that the availability of such devices, controlled mainly by the student and not the teacher, has the potential to change the traditional dynamics and pedagogical patterns of the learning environment (Burden et al. 2012). Education institutions, however,...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Digitizing EducationKuwait UniversityAlshadadyiahKuwait
  2. 2.London Centre for Leadership in Learning, UCL Institute of EducationLondonUK

Section editors and affiliations

  • Bill Davey
    • 1
  1. 1.RMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia