Increased fees = increased demands:
About 1,000 existing and prospective students and some 50 lecturers were canvassed for the Digital Campus report.
More than half the students (58 per cent) say having access to computers and the latest software is one of the most important factors when choosing an institution – more so than having well-qualified and accessible lecturers (53 per cent).
About half the students questioned (45 per cent) point to increased fees when asked to justify their desire for the latest technology, while 51 per cent say it will help them develop the “essential skills” they need for the workplace.
“Just having access to the internet, email and standard software programmes such as Word is no longer enough,” the report says.
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Digiexplorer (not guru), Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing @ Manchester Metropolitan University. Interested in digital literacy and digital culture in the third sector (especially faith). Author of ‘Raising Children in a Digital Age’, regularly checks hashtag #DigitalParenting.