Professors have a love/hate relationship with technology. On one hand, technology provides a multitude of ways to stay connected to students and colleagues. On the other hand, technology provides a multitude of ways to stay connected to students and colleagues. You see, what people tend to love about technology is often the same as what annoys them about it.
A new study conducted by Inside Higher Ed and the Babson Survey Research Group reveals just how much digital communication has affected the work lives of college professors.
On digital communication and productivity:
“Nearly one-half of faculty report that digital communication has increased their productivity.”
“Faculty overwhelmingly report that digital communication has increased the number of hours that they work.”
On digital communication and creativity:
“Over one-half (51.7 percent) think that digital communication has increased their level of creativity.”
On digital communication and stress:
“Increased levels of stress arising from digital communications are reported by 41.4 percent of faculty members.”
“It is the more established faculty members, those with tenure or not tenured but on a tenure track, who are more likely to report an increase in the level of stress. Part-time faculty are much less likely to report increased stress.”