Research, Surveys & Forecasts


Survey: Digital Textbooks Gaining Esteem in Student Eyes

Digital textbooks are becoming a bigger part of the vernacular in higher education. A recent survey showed that slightly more than three out of five students use interactive textbooks with features that include video, audio and quizzes; more than two out of five students work in courses that use apps, social media and online productivity tools; and one out of three students has attended flipped classrooms in which they watch video lectures before heading to class.

Report: Smartphone Shipments To Top 1.25 Billion on Strength of Emerging Markets

More than 1.25 billion smartphones will be sold in 2014, an increase of nearly a quarter over the previous year's 1.01 billion sales, according to a new forecast from market research firm International Data Corp.

Reinventing Teaching and Learning Centers for the 21st Century

What does a center to support teaching and learning excellence look like today? Gardner Campbell, Virginia Commonwealth University's vice provost for learning innovation and student success, tells CT about that university's newly opened ALT Lab.

E-Textbook Dissatisfaction Grows as Students Progress Through School

Nearly half of undergrads who participated in a recent survey have been assigned an e-textbook for a course, but they're not all that happy about it on the whole.

Gartner: IT Leaders Need To Improve Reporting on Security Investments

With the advent of malicious software that can be purchased online and an underground infrastructure that can be used to set off targeted attacks, cyber security threats are becoming more "democratized," and therefore more likely to gain visibility beyond the walls of the data center. That can lead to more enlightened thinking among executive management about investing in security measures, said Research Director Lawrence Pingree during a Gartner security and risk management summit being held in Australia this week.



Software-Defined Networking Set for Massive Growth

Software-defined networking is gaining momentum and is forecast to experience a massive increase in adoption by data centers and enterprise networks, according to a new report.

Research: What Value Does a Degree or Certificate Hold for the Adult Learner?

The University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) and Hobsons completed a pilot study during AY 2013-2014 of adult learners at eight participating higher education institutions. The investigators have just released "Measuring Impact: Findings From a Study of Adult Student Gains and Satisfaction." CT asked Jim Fong, Director of the UPCEA Center for Research & Consulting and Todd Bloom, Chief Academic Officer at Hobsons for their comments.

3d printing in education

Widespread 3D Printing in Classrooms Still a Decade Out

While colleges and universities have slowly begun adopting 3D printing technologies, mainstream adoption in education and among consumers is still a long way off, according to a new analysis.

Education Boosting Chromebook Shipments to 5.2 Million Units This Year

Largely on the strength of the education sector, Chromebook shipments will reach 5.2 million units this year, according to a new forecast.

Survey: One-Third of Educational Time Spent Online

One-third of all educational time is spent online by Canadian post-secondary students, according to a new report from Intel Canada.