Thursday, May 24, 2012
A survey by a commercial publisher of e-textbooks shows how reliant college students have become on digital devices as well as web-based technology like online courses. More than 500 currently enrolled college students responded to the survey conducted on behalf of the publisher CourseSmart. Among the key findings:
- Nearly all college students (98%) who own a digital device have used it for school.
- A majority of these students (53%) read e-textbooks frequently.
- 90% of college students say they save time studying with technology -- including mobile devices, digital textbooks, eReaders and tablets.
- A majority 0f students (67%) say they can't go more than one hour without using some sort of digital technology.
- 40% of the students surveyed say they cannot last more than 10 minutes without using such a device.
- A majority of students (51%) say they are more likely to bring a laptop to class than a traditional, hardcopy textbook (39%).
- Nearly 3 in 5 students (58%) report that they frequently are unable to complete required reading in time for class.
- 58% of students report having taken an online course and were motivated to do so because they could take the class on their own time (63%), they didn't have to be physically present to take the class (48%) and because it allowed them to learn at their own pace (47%).
You can read the press release here containing a summary of all the results courtesy of the WSJ's MarketWatch.com.
Hat tip to Inside Higher Ed.