Recently we looked at a 2012 study from EDUCAUSE showing the relationship students have with technology in the classroom and how it is both used and valued.
Now a year later, we take a look at the new 2013 study, and we have to admit some of the results are surprising.
The basis of the study was to shed some light on how students value technology and how they believe it helps them achieve their academic goals and prepares them for their future academic and workplace lives.
Below are a few of the most surprising stats:
- 76% of students said technology helps them achieve their academic outcomes up 1% from 2012
- 50% of students say e-books are important to their academic success
- Student tablet ownership is up 15% since 2012 the largest amongst all devices
- Looking up information is the No.1 way students use smartphones in class
- 58% of students own three or more internet-capable devices
More and more students are using multiple devices and using open educational resources to learn. With this increased dependence on mobile devices and increased desire to use more things such as e-books and online courses it is critical that institutions are ready to meet this demand.
Do you have the bandwidth and adequate pipe in place, do you allow BYOD, is your school wireless network scalable, is your network completely secure, is the wireless LAN reliable and constant throughout your campus? These are just a few of the questions you should be asking yourself and hopefully saying yes to.
It all starts with proper planning and clear goals. As we like to say here at SecurEdge the application drives the infrastructure. It’s the understanding of what you are trying to accomplish that makes it clearer what needs to be updated or brought in to make that successful.
These studies are incredibly useful at providing a clearer glimpse as to where your network should be to make sure you are providing the best educational experience possible.
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