Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Student Technology Survey - #2

Here's more data from the survey given to the students enrolled at LSC Online for the spring semester of 2008. There were a total of 823 responses. These two are interesting to me, and really show a shift over just a couple of years ago. (Click graphics to view more detail.)

Question 3 indicates that about 35% of our online students regularly use 3 or more email accounts. This is a percentage that has grown over the past couple of years. Of course they have an email account from LSC which is where all their official course communications come to, and they may have one or more email accounts that are job-related. My guess is that many of the students are starting to have more than one personal email accounts as well.

Question 18 is probably not all that surprising, but still somewhat disappointing. Apparently about 30% of the online students do NOT consistently maintain up-to-date virus protection. The next question should be "Why not?" My guess is that it is a combination of factors including the cost of the software, the fact that Norton and probably other AV programs seem to take control over your machine so that it becomes difficult to use at times, and a little bit related to not understanding how serious the threats are (we do have some computer newbies taking online classes).

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