Thursday, May 24, 2012

Survey reveals digital habits of college students (and lack of class prep)

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

Hat tip to Inside Higher Ed.


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