Press Release: New Findings from BISG Show Students Will Pay for Solutions That Reduce Study Time, Improve Outcomes
The research also analyzes attitude shifts from both faculty and students:
- Students and faculty define and seek value in learning solutions, including technologies, in different ways; it shows how students prioritize reduced study time or better results.
- There are clear trends in textbooks rentals; the study also assesses the impact of Amazon's entry into the rental market.
- Students use a range of devices are using to read and study digital content; the research includes information on the devices they plan to buy, and when these devices will become adoptable for entire classes.
Technological innovations also drive evolution in the higher education classroom, resulting in shifts in online course models. Some, such as MOOCs, enjoyed substantial investments very recently but have now plateaued. Others, particularly competence-based education, are growing, and the research leads to conclusions about their effectiveness in developing higher-order skills as well as the areas of study where their effectiveness is greatest.
The core study, Student Attitudes Toward Content in Higher Education, Volume 4, consists of two survey fieldings conducted in the fall and spring semesters respectively. Report 1 was published in January 2014. Report 2 incorporates the data from both survey sets and publishes on August 5, 2014. It may be purchased here. Its companion study Faculty Attitudes Toward Content in Higher Education is based on one annual survey conducted in the spring semester and is available here. The data from both Student and Faculty surveys is also available via dynamic, online access through the Real-Time Reporting (RTR) portal. For more information or to access the full data set, please contact Nadine Vassallo in the BISG office at Nadine@bisg.org.
BISG thanks Diamond Sponsor MBS Direct, Platinum Sponsors Barnes and Noble College and McGraw-Hill Education, and Gold Sponsors Cengage Learning, Follett Higher Education Group, Pearson, and Blackboard for sponsoring Student Attitudes Toward Content in Higher Education Volume 4 and Cengage Learning and Barnes & Noble College for sponsoring Faculty Attitudes Toward Content in Higher Education.
Both studies were prepared by the Book Industry Study Group, Inc. with reporting and editorial analysis by Steve Paxhia with data provided by Nielsen Books and Consumers, used with permission of the Nielsen Company.