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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Survey Highlights the New Reality of Studying in the U.K. by Blackboard

The student stereotype of party goers that miss lectures will soon be banished to history, according to a survey commissioned by Blackboard Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBB). The survey reveals the new reality of studying in the UK; relying on online learning technology to fit study around paid work and other commitments.

The survey provides insight into student coping mechanisms and how innovations in education are impacting the way they study.

A majority of students say they use their online learning environment to keep up at a time convenient for them, and 40 percent regularly rely on them to complete academic work well into the evening or over the weekend. The responses demonstrate how 24/7 access to learning materials has become vital for today’s generation of students.

Are U.K. Institutions Missing a Trick with Mobile Phones?
Today’s students expect to be connected on the move with use of their mobile devices for a whole range of day-to-day activities, such as communicating with friends, tutors and colleagues, ordering course books and checking train or bus times to and from campus. Yet respondents to the survey indicate that only 14 percent of FE and HE students are provided with this type of information through an online learning environment customised for a mobile phone. As fees rise and students work long hours to support themselves, mobile learning facilities are likely to become an increasingly important factor when considering at which institution to study.

Image: Blackboard Student Survey 2010:
A closer look at the student experience in the United Kingdom

As for using mobile technologies to keep students informed, the majority of students surveyed would like to receive updates from their institution via text or voice message, yet just 8 percent currently do so. Again, as students become increasingly mobile, it is likely institutions will have to adapt to accommodate this demand.
The survey was carried out online and elicited 505 responses.
The results are summarised in a free report available online at

The research discusses:

  • Studying behavior
  • Online learning and its impact on studying 
  • Combining work and study
  • Tutors and feedback
  • The mobile student
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Source: RealWire