2012 Learn Now, Lecture Later Report

The traditional lecture model is the standard learning method in most American classrooms, but there is growing interest in new learning models that are encouraging students and teachers to “learn now, lecture later.”

CDW-G’s new report, Learn Now, Lecture Later, looks at the different learning methods teachers and students are using and how technology is supporting the move to these new learning models. The report also examines the challenges that high schools and colleges must overcome to make a successful transition.

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Key Findings

Key Findings


  • Get to the heart of what students and faculty want: Understand the technology students and teachers already have, how they want to use it in class and how they best learn and teach
  • Consider how to incorporate different learning models: Work closely with faculty to meet their subject-area and curriculum needs and personal teaching styles
  • Explore how technology can support and enhance learn now, lecture later: Enable the community to consult with each other and share best practices
  • Support faculty with professional development and IT with infrastructure: Unless faculty are comfortable, the change will be slow; without IT, the change will not happen at all


CDW-G surveyed* high school and college students, faculty and IT professionals in May and June 2012. The total sample size equates to a margin of error of ±3.0% at a 95% confidence level.*Research conducted by O’Keeffe & Company