Tablet devices may be the future of online studying

A majority of students who own a tablet device say that they are useful tools in college.
A majority of students who own a tablet device say that they are useful tools in college.

According to the 2010 Sloan Survey of Online Learning, more students are opting to take web-based classes as opposed to traditional campus-based courses. In the fall 2009 semester, about 5.6 million people were enrolled in at least one online class. Between 2009 and 2010, enrollment in these courses grew by 21 percent.

A new study by the Pearson Education Foundation showed that while enrollment in online education programs is increasing, more students are also looking towards technology to assist them in their campus-based classes.

The study shows that more than 70 percent of college students are considering purchasing a tablet device, including Apple's iPad. About 20 percent said that they will buy one of these electronics in the next six months.

Higher education students who already own a tablet said that it can be a positive academic tool. For example, about 80 percent stated that it helps them study more effectively while 76 percent said that it helps them perform better in class.

Mark Nieker, president of the Pearson Foundation, said that the survey results reflect the importance of mobile technology in college learning.

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