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Key findings of the tracker:
What did we find particularly interesting?
We know that students use mobile devices, but the fact that nearly the same percentage of students support their learning through use of smartphones (30%) as through use of laptops (33.1%) was surprising. It is useful to have the starkness of this data to emphasise changing habits and reinforce how important it is.
62% felt they would like digital technologies to be used much the same as they are now rather than more. There is a tendency to think ‘we have done something, let’s see how we can push for next/different thing’. Perhaps we need to concentrate on things we are doing now that are really good and improve them rather than try to introduce new services.
It was also interesting to see what students considered an assistive technology. We were not sure if students didn’t understand a question or had a different understanding. A lot of things students said we would not have considered to be an assistive technology (e.g. student app, google, end note). We tend to think of assistive technology as something that helps you if you have a particular need – students perhaps see assistive technology as ‘something that helps me’.
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Benefits of running the tracker and what will we do with the findings?