Changing Technology in Online Platforms Distract Faculty and Students from the Prime Directive—Teaching and Learning
Changing technology in online platforms distract faculty and students from the prime directive—teaching and learning, yet these so-called bells and whistles—most often referred to as upgrades—are continuously being added into the online Learning Management System (LMS) as part of each schools’ commitment to offer the most updated platform. A recent survey paired with current research revealed that too much rapid and ongoing change in technology is creating havoc for both students and professors alike. Most university administrators are sensitive to this matter and work with users involved to make changes and transitions easier to manage; however, responses from the survey instrument constructed and administered by these writers indicate that faculty members spend excessive amounts of time helping students simply learn the technology than teaching the topic content of the course. Further, responses showed that both faculty and students prefer change not occur as frequently so that subject matter teaching and learning synergy might be restored as the primary tenet in higher education.