Judith Borreson Caruso and Robert B. KvavikÂ are beginning to release the findings of their latest survey of students and technology.Â EDUCAUSE has posted a presentation that was given on June 29.
96 institutions participated (52 of which participated in 2005), over 28,000 students took the survey, and as before there were qualitative surveys with a group of (78) students.Â Some of the findings include:
- Both desktop and laptop ownership are up by about 10% each over last year.
- 71.3% own digital cameras and 57.3%Â own a music device
- 88.2% have 2 or more e-mail addresses, and students are evenly divided when it comes to whether their university e-mail account is preferred over another account (50.3% vs. 49.7%)
- 84.9% of the students prefer to be contacted via e-mail by their universities.
- 56% of students use an electronic device between 11-40 hours a week
- Almost 75% of students say they use an electronic device for course activities at least several times a week
- More than 80% of the students use an electronic device for creating presentations at least once a semester
- 25% of students are not using a course management system
- 46.1% use the Library at least once a week
- 79.5% use e-mail every day
- 46.7% use IM every day, but 18.5% never use IM
- 71.4% have never used a blog
- 30.5% use online social networks, but 29.4% never have
- The top 3 items students picked for additional IT investment were computer labs, printing, and network speed.Â Faculty IT training ranked as the lowest priority.
- Student desire for IT in courses is up.Â In 2005, 40.5% looked for a moderate amount of IT in classes, this year 56.2% prefer a moderate amount of IT.Â Preference for extensive use of IT is up too – from 19.5% last year to 27.3% this year.
- 69% agreed or strongly agreed that IT in courses helps them do better research
- 68.7%Â agreed or strongly agreed that IT in courses results in more prompt feedback from instructors
- 56.8%Â agreed or strongly agreed that instructors use IT well in their courses
- 55.3%Â agreed or strongly agreed that IT in courses helps them better communicate with classmates
- 72.7% have used a course management system; 75.5% of them report a positive or very positive experience
- Keeping track of grades remains the most popular feature for students in a course management system (50.1%)
- 64.2% report IT in courses improves learning
- 68% never bring their laptop to classes
- 90.3% of students most frequently use Broadband access to the internet (41.8% using campus services)
Lots of good stuff here.Â I look forward to reading the full report.