2012 Mobile/eTextbook Survey Report


In order to appreciate the landscape of the adoption of mobile learning and eTextbooks at UCF, a survey was distributed by the Center for Distributed Learning to 933 students enrolled in online, blended, and face-to-face classes. The participants were surveyed in 84 courses from 13 different colleges, 86% being undergraduates. Student responses to this survey will assist us to gauge a baseline for usage and attitudes at UCF, and shape our next course of action.

The survey includes both closed and open-ended questions which are based on existing research and surveys previously distributed by the university. It was structured in two main categories: mobile learning (devices and apps) and eTextbooks. Topics include device ownership, access, and beliefs toward the technologies concerning areas such as learning, sense of community, and engagement.

Key findings of this report include:

  • Ownership of mobile devices (smartphones, iPod Touch) is high when compared to tablets and e-book readers.
  • College level, sex, GPA, and age emerged as demographic factors related to ownership of mobile devices, tablets, and e-book readers, along with the use of mobile devices and apps for academic purposes.
  • There is a large difference between instructors requiring the use of mobile devices and apps in coursework and actual student use of mobile devices and apps in order to complete coursework.
  • eTextbook use is relatively low, and their enhanced features are rarely utilized by students or instructors.
  • Student status, student level, and discipline emerged as demographic factors that related to eTextbook usage.
  • eTextbook features that facilitate reading and studying, along with instructor features, are more highly favored among students than social features.
  • Most students access eTextbooks on laptops rather than tablets or e-book readers.
  • Money and access emerge as significant influences in the decision to adopt mobile learning and eTextbooks.
  • Students are mixed in their belief that mobile and/or eTextbook technologies will enhance learning of content or increase motivation.

This report is structured in three sections: general ownership and usage; mobile learning usage and attitudes; and eTextbook usage and attitudes.Recommendations for future action are proposed in the conclusion.

Download the Report: Mobile/eTextbook Survey Report

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