A project of the Instructional Technology Council's New Initiative Committee
Project Lead: Amarjit Kaur, Ed.D, Bergen Community College
Edited by Christine Mullins and Amy Weinfurter, Instructional Technology Council
In spring 2013, the Instructional Technology Council (ITC), a council of the American Association of Community Colleges, surveyed 270 community college administrators to determine the extent to which their faculty and students use tablet computing devices on their campuses. Although most of the 110 respondents reported that their faculty use Apple iPads at their institutions (78 percent), faculty also use Android tablets (34 percent), with smaller numbers using Kindle Fire, Nook, and Microsoft Surface tablets.
The respondents noted that faculty and students use tablet devices to: download educational apps (77 percent); browse the Web or check e-mail (77 percent); access social media, such as Facebook and Twitter (76 percent); access online courses (74 percent); take notes or record data, events or observations (68 percent); read eBooks (68 percent); use productivity tools, such as calendar reminders or the calculator (58 percent); and record audio or video (49 percent).
Faculty use tablets in their face-to-face and distance learning classrooms to create and offer presentations (72 percent) and work on individual projects (77 percent). Fewer incorporate tablets into small group work to their students (37 percent), into activities that involve the entire class (33.7 percent), or into clinical work or internship activities (28 percent).