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Deploying tech for the modern student

Posted by John Donovan on August 10, 2017

The piece originally appeared in Tech and Learning UK on July 7, 2017 

Deploying tech for the modern studentToday’s university students are digital and mobile. The smartphones they carry around in their pocketsare more powerful than the desktop computers available five years ago. We know that students are using technology to stay connected to each other, but also to help with their studies. 

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Students Prefer Interactive Study Tools Over Traditional

Posted by Paget Hetherington on September 22, 2016

Editor’s Note: This is the third of three posts on VitalSource’s recent study conducted by Wakefield Research.

Even as students are growing more disappointed with the state of technology in their classrooms, digital textbooks are proving to be an outlier as a trusted learning tool, according to a recent survey of 500 college students.

Not All Tech Created Equal
To Achieve Better Grades, College Students Prefer Interactivity Study Tools Over Traditional OnesDigital textbooks are bucking the disillusionment trend current classroom technology is facing:

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Students Delaying or Avoiding Course Material Purchases; Grades Suffer as a Result

Posted by Paget Hetherington on September 14, 2016

Editor’s Note: This is the second of three posts on a recently-conducted research study commissioned by VitalSource.

At VitalSource, it is important for us to understand the wants, needs, attitudes and concerns of our users. To that end, we commission a yearly study to “take the temperature” of college students regarding technology used in their education.

According to the 2016 survey, the high cost of college, including textbooks, is causing students to make unreasonable sacrifices. More than ever, students are waiting to purchase required course materials until after the beginning of classes or not purchasing them at all, even though many know it is affecting their ability to succeed academically.

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Students are Disappointed with Classroom Technology

Posted by Paget Hetherington on September 08, 2016

No one doubts students live increasingly digital lives. Devices are ubiquitous and “screen time” continues to rise. Schools and campuses are wired, courses are online, and distance education opportunities are exploding at every level. A generation of learners today is more likely to think of “libraries” as online portals for accessing collections and searching databases than quiet halls for study, exploration, research, and reflection.

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