Welcome to The CITE -- a blog on Course materials, Innovation, and Technology in Education, created by Mark Nelson and now part of the Publications Department of the National Association of College Stores. CITE is a pun with multiple meanings - referring to cite as in citation, something people reference; site as in location, website, or place people go to; and sight as in foresight or looking ahead to what is coming. Comments, discussion, feedback and ideas are welcome.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Latest Tech Expected on Campus

People have come to assume colleges and universities use the latest technology. In fact, a new survey found that 86% of more than 2,000 people surveyed last August and September anticipated an institution’s auxiliary services, including the campus store, to be outfitted with the newest technology, while 81% said use of the latest tech improved their opinion of the institution.

Nearly every respondent (95%) to the survey, conducted for the office-equipment company Ricoh, said they believe college costs have gotten too expensive, but 79% also said a college degree is necessary to landing a good-paying job. The study reported that 65% of respondents believe online classes can help reduce student costs.

At the same time, most students can’t imagine a completely paperless campus, according to a report in Campus Technology. Nearly two-thirds said it would be impossible for students to complete assignments without using paper every day. Just 48% said they could see a paperless campus within the next few years.

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