Recently an article was featured in EDUCAUSE Review entitled “Uncovering Student Device Preference in Online Course Access and Multimedia Learning“.
In this article, Oregon State University surveyed students to learn about their device preferences around three central research questions:
- What is the range of devices that students use to access their online courses and view video or other multimedia?
- Why do students use certain devices to access their online courses and view video and other multimedia?
- Are the devices that students currently use the same as what they would consider to be ideal devices for viewing video and multimedia?
There were 2,035 survey respondents who reported taking an average of just under five online classes in the past year.
Near Ubiquitous Smartphone and Laptop Ownership
The survey results indicated that all but 2 of the 2,035 students who responded to the survey own a laptop and a smartphone.
Laptops Preferred for Accessing LMS and Video
Additionally, the Oregon team reported that students preferred laptops (73%) for accessing their online course via the learning management system and viewing video content (68%).
Smartphone Reigns Supreme for Convenience
By far, using a smartphone (87%) was preferred for convenience in accessing video content.
The full report is available on Oregon State University eCampus website.
The OSU survey and results echo reports provided by the EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research. See eLearning blog post: “2018 Students’ Use of Technology Research Study via EDUCAUSE” whereby the following were identified:
- Laptops are the most important Device for Students
- More than 75% of Students indicate that an LMS (Blackboard) was used for Most or All of their Courses
- 62% of Students Favor Online and Hybrid Courses over Face to Face
- 67% of Students indicate that their Instructors use Technology to Enhance Learning, Engage Students, and Encourage use of Online Collaboration