Reportlinker Adds My School, My Tools: The impact of consumer technology on higher education

Dec 09, 2010, 12:14 ET from Reportlinker

NEW YORK, Dec. 9, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue:

My School, My Tools: The impact of consumer technology on higher education


The proliferation of devices, online services, and applications gives consumers more access and options than ever before. Ovum believes that institutions must be vigilant about keeping up with consumer technology trends in order to meet student and staff requirements. In the long run, these trends should not lead to, rather than ignite, greater innovation in higher education.

Features and benefits

Offers insight into consumer behaviors and how these are driving the adoption and use of emerging technology.

Explains the implications of consumer technology trends on the higher education IT infrastructure.

Raises issues institutions should be aware of as technology blurs the lines between personal and academic life.

Highlights tools popular among consumers and how they can be integrated into the learning environment.


Consumers are accessing maps on their phones, conducting comparison shopping, and reading books and magazines all on a handheld device that can connect to the internet virtually anywhere. Institutions must now consider the use of emerging technologies are likely to impact their own IT infrastructure.

Given the rise of older, non-traditional students entering higher education, institutions will be doing themselves a disservice by neglecting the technology needs of this user base. Institutions must evaluate how and what students are using in order to provide the necessary IT support.

In an effort to create a cost-effective and flexible IT infrastructure, and motivated in part by the increase in consumer preferences for online services, institutions are turning to SaaS solutions. Therefore, vendor role gains increased importance as institutions look to provide a well-integrated, secure environment.

Your key questions answered

Gain insight into the important consumer-centric trends impacting higher education's technology ecosystem.

Understand what factors influence consumer propensity to adopt technology and in turn, how institutions should provide tools and services.

Determine what devices, applications, and services will gain traction in the higher education market.



Catalyst 1

Ovum view 1

Key messages 2

Market Context: the demands of the Digital Consumer in Higher Education 8

Shifts in consumer trends are changing the institution-student relationship 8

Institutions need to look beyond Gen Y 13

Institutions need a strategy for adapting consumer technology preferences for higher education 20

Proficiency with social media is key to long-term student success 22

Business Focus: Whatever changes may come, institutions must not forgo basic best practices 27

IT trades its role as a solution provider to become more service and support-oriented 27

If it doesn't pay, don't put it in play 28

Bring down the physical walls to break down the mental blocks 29

Technology Focus: Manage proliferative innovation with an eye on consumer technology trends 32

Consumer electronics are changing how knowledge is delivered 32

Network uptime is critical to supporting a technology-centric campus 35

With the good comes the bad: greater security risks abound 36

Institutions are embracing tools consumers are already using 40

Recommendations 45

Recommendations for institutions 45

Recommendations for vendors 46


Further reading 48

Citations 49

Methodology 49

Author 49

Ovum Consulting 50

Disclaimer 50



Figure 1: Spending on electronics by college year, 2009 and 2010 10

Figure 2: Price war among e-readers forces consumer costs down 12

Figure 3: Apple iPhone and iPad user profiles 14

Figure 4: US unemployment rate from January 2007 to September 2010 16

Figure 5: Age of Facebook users (2009 - 2010) 18

Figure 6: Importance of owning gadgets of personal technology items that are up-to-date in the US (July 2010) 19

Figure 7: Data breaches at US higher education institutions in September 2010 38



Table 1: Generational differences in online activity 17

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