The CITE, a blog published by the National Association of College Stores, takes a look at the intersection of education and technology, highlighting issues that range from course materials to learning delivery to the student experience. Comments, discussion, feedback, and ideas are welcome.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

More Students Are Taking Online Classes

The percentage of college students taking at least one online course has nearly doubled, from 23% to 45% in the last five years, according to a new report from the market research firm re:fuel. The study, 2013 College Explorer, also found students are enrolled in an average of two online courses per semester, but that many struggle without a regular schedule or assignments and meetings.

“Students who need additional assistance to grasp course materials also struggle to find help when professors and fellow students are available only in the digital world,” said Tammy Nelson, vice president of marketing and research for re:fuel, in a prepared statement.

The number of electronic devices students bring to campus has risen since the company’s 2012 survey to 6.9 per student, with laptops (85%) and smartphones (69%) topping the list. The survey also found that 79% of the responding students most often used pen and paper for taking notes and 59% purchased printed textbooks instead of the digital version, but 47% also use their laptops for taking notes in class, 33% use their tablet, and 13% use their smartphone for note-taking.


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