Myths about the use of technology in the higher education classroom

Universities are increasingly relying on the use of technical tools in the classroom. However, many college professors still prefer conventional teaching methods. This could be attributed to classroom experiences as well as preconceived notions and myths about the use of digital tools in education.

Myths about EdTech, along with concerns about the quality of education associated with technology, are constraints on EdTech. This article attempts to highlight and dispel some of these myths.

Math can only be taught face to face

Educators will argue that students understand math best when taught in a face-to-face setting. Complex mathematical concepts are better understood when the educator can interact with their students. A trainer in this situation can easily assess the learners’ weaknesses, strengths and understanding of the concept.

While there is no better substitute for a classroom teacher, there are digital tools and online platforms that are proving to be just as effective. These online platforms provide learning materials and personalized learning experiences for learners. Depending on how well the student interacts with the material, the results can be as good as learning in person.

Digital learning could also complement traditional learning practices and enhance the teaching process and learning. Technology can be a source of additional material for both the educator and the student through online tools. Tests can also be managed and scored online, which helps the professor or other lecturers save valuable time.

Online learning is characterized by minimal interaction

According to this myth, there is limited interaction between a student and the professor and a student with his or her companions. Digital learning tools downplay the importance of student and professor outcomes in learning, and the outcomes can therefore be negative.

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However, there are tools that alleviate these concerns. These tools tend to be online spaces and platforms with features that enable discussion and conversation. Such spaces are like the traditional classroom but without the physical walls.

Technology will replace professors

Digital learning tools are constantly evolving, and one can wonder if AI technology will soon replace teachers in the classroom. This concern may be one of the reasons college educators are opposed to EdTech.

This is a valid concern given the huge potential of AI to change classroom dynamics. However, there can never be a good enough substitute for a good teacher. However, professors can use these tools to enhance a learner’s experience for the best possible student outcomes.


There will always be resistance to change due to fears and concerns about how technology might impact the traditional classroom and all stakeholders involved. Professors in particular might feel the need to protect their practice and livelihood by fighting back against digitized educational tools and systems. When used properly, EdTech promises better learning outcomes and helps students reach their full potential. Still, it is up to higher education stakeholders to determine how best to integrate technology into the classroom