There are two ways of looking at technological outcomes: easier and better. When the wheel was first developed, it made work easier. When humans acquired fire, it made food better. Today we can still see this principle at work in a digital perspective. Computers make banking and accounting easier while computers make movies better.
In higher education, technology facilitates the exchange of ideas, mitigates the drudgery of mundane tasks, and delivers consistent and uniform content. In short, it makes academia better. Web-based applications such as Quia and My Spanish Lab are great examples of producing a better learning experience because the work remains the same, but by doing it online, the students receive instant feedback that facilitates grammatical competency in accordance with Chomsky's and Krashen's linguistic theories.
Technology also makes many routines easier (i.e. word processor versus typewriter, card readers versus door locks, email versus word-of-mouth). Technology used by educators trends toward better while technology used by students leans more to easier. For example, online courses reflect better outreach for institutions and easier access for students.