Rapid Growth in Mobile Device Usage by College Students

4/29/2015 3:46:00 PM

A whopping 81 percent of higher-ed students used smartphones and tablets for studying in 2014—up 40 percent since 2013, according to a new survey from McGraw-Hill Education.

WHY ARE MORE STUDENTS USING MOBILE DEVICES FOR LEARNING?

Grades: 77 percent say their grades are better because of adaptive technology Time: 48 percent say technology saves them time

Confidence: 62 percent say technology helps them feel better prepared

WHAT’S NEXT?

Personalization: 72 percent say study technology should be more personalized and as tailored to individuals as social media feeds

Sharon Loeb, vice president of marketing for McGraw-Hill Education, Higher Ed, says, “the rise of studying via mobile … [is] a case of mobile suiting the way students study now … today’s students tend toward shorter, more concentrated bursts of studying anywhere they’re able, rather than waiting for several hours to hunker down in the library.” Loeb says this growth will continue in the next 5 years and “institutions will need to adapt their infrastructure and faculty will want to … incorporate mobile learning into their courses.”

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