I keep an archive of Jim Bruce's Tuesday Readings emails to the IT Leaders Program. Yesterday, Jim posted a great item that everyone should read. EDUCAUSE released its 2010 study of undergraduate students and information technology. The study's ROADMAP, prepared by Judith Borreson Caruso and Shannon Smith, the study's authors, gives us a lot to think about. I encourage you to read the study.
Some of the key findings from the study are:
84% of students responding to the survey have laptops
99% have a computer
63% own an internet capable handheld device
the average respondent logs more than 21 hours/week online
20% take some or all of their courses online
36% used web-based applications - think word-processors, etc. - in a course
70% used text messaging (compared to 24% internet messaging users).
Authors of the study made five observations from the data that they believe IT and other educational leaders should consider:
Web-based technology has arrived in course-work. Half of the students using these tools were using them to collaborate in their classes.
Mobile web use is growing. 43% of students who own internet-enabled mobile devices use them daily to access the internet. They expect institutional services to be available on their device.
Instructors continue to need training in the effective use of technology. Instructors are reported to have uneven levels of skills which institutions may need to address with training specifically designed for instructional staff.
Students also need training in technology. Some 19% of the respondents reported that almost none of their instructors provided adequate training for the IT used in their course.
With more online courses, IT services must be reliable, always available with ever increasing bandwidth when needed. The study reports that many institutions may find it difficult to ensure that their IT services are available when needed by their students.