Mobile devices: Student ownership and usage

As we experiment with new learning technologies that depend on mobile devices  it is worthwhile to take stock of student’s ownership and usage of mobile devices. The following data comes from the 2015 Educause Center for Analytics and Research (ECAR) survey.  411 Brown University students completed the survey.

  • Of the 383 students who answered this question 98% owned a laptop and 94% owned a smartphone.
  • Majority of the smartphones (73%) were iphone, followed by Android phones (24%).
  • Majority of students (97.5%) used a laptop to do academic work for most or all of their courses compared to smartphones (18%). Another 12% reported using smartphones for at least half of their courses. This is overall academic use related to the courses not necessarily use in the classroom.