1. Laptops (85 percent) and printers (84 percent) are practically tied for “devices most important to academic success.” The next most important device is a USB drive (68 percent), then a desktop computer (65 percent), followed by tablets (45 percent), smartphones (37 percent), and eReaders (31 percent).
2. When it comes to brands, Windows beats Apple by a long shot. 86 percent of students own a laptop, and 76 percent of those are Windows-based, versus 21 percent for Apple.
3. Although students think tablets are good tools for sourcing information and communicating, they agree that they’re awkward tools for producing academic work.
4. Websites they can’t live without? No, it’s not YouTube. Google and Blackboard top students’ lists of websites “they can’t live without.”
5. Undergrads don’t just use technology to communicate with other students. In fact, 67 percent said tech helps them feel connected to “what’s going on at the institution,” versus the 58 percent who said “other students.”
6. 74 percent of students have taken at least one course that includes online components. It’s also interesting to note that only 16 percent of students skip classes when course lectures are available online.
7. Facebook is so 2013. The greatest changes in forms of communication students use for academic purposes is social studying sites (+26 percent), versus the -7 percent for Facebook. LinkedIn has risen by 21 percent, followed by +18 percent for Twitter.
8. Students still crave human interaction. 53 percent of undergrads wished their instructors communicated more using face-to-face interactions, which is tied with the same amount wanting course or learning management systems. Next came eMail (45 percent), then text messaging (43 percent).
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