What Do Online Students Want? 3 Findings From a New Survey Offer Some Clues – The Chronicle of Higher Education
What do online students want? According to a new survey, they want to conduct more of their course activities on their mobile phones or tablets, and they’d like better career-planning services. Their biggest regrets? They all relate to not having done enough research about the college and what it would cost before they enrolled.
The survey, produced by Learning House and Aslanian Market Research, is based on responses from 1,500 past, current, and prospective online students.
Here are three of the findings:
Mobile: Not only do students rely on their phones and tablets when searching for a college (three-quarters said they had used them in their searches); they also want to use those devices for at least some of their coursework. While only 12 percent said they’d want to handle all of their course-related activities on a mobile device, 70 percent more said they’d want some or most of it that way. With mobile devices becoming increasingly important tools in our everyday lives, the survey suggests that colleges may need to move faster to ensure that academic materials are optimized for such devices.