College student interest in tablets high, ownership low

“On the one hand, students liked using the iPad to house their textbooks and suggested it promoted more reading,” the report said. “On the other hand, reactions from the beginning-of-the-semester expectations of planned use to the end-of-the-semester actual use saw eBook reading exhibiting the greatest change, a substantial decrease.”

Tracey Suter, an associate professor of marketing at OSU who led with iPad pilot with Handy, said students using the iPad reached long-held course benchmarks weeks in advance of previous classes.

“The increased pace is likely attributed to the mobile functionality of the device which allowed students to work in any environment, the change to the classroom environment, and the ability of all students to have complete access to the same technology, creating an equal and level playing field,” she said.