Sunday, October 22, 2006

UW Survey Details Student Computer Use

Article from: The Capital Times. Thursday, Oct. 19, 2006.


UW Survey Details Student Computer Use
Sixty percent of UW-Madison students reported in a recent survey that they never change the passwords they use for their campus accounts, although about 75 percent never intentionally share their NetID and passwords with others.
"That's a good start, but it still gives us some cause for concern", Jim Lowe, chief information security officer, said in a statement. "We would like to see all students regularly change and never share their passwords."
Other results from the Division of Information Technology's 2006 UW-Madison Student Computing Survey include:
  • Laptop ownership surged past desktop ownership for the first time. Almost two-thirds of students own a laptop, compared to 46 percent owning a desktop computer.
  • Reported cell phone ownership fell from a year ago to 79 percent from 87 percent-- perhaps due to students not knowing what name to give their devices that combine PDA, cell phone, camera, e-mail, MP3 and instant-messaging capabilities.
  • More than half of students report owning a portable music and/or video player.
  • Nearly one-third of students report regular campus wireless use. More than half of laptop owners use wireless in their homes. Internet use has flattened to an average of 19 hours per week after peaking at 26 hours per week in 2004.
  • Nearly 60 percent of students say instant messaging is "important" or "very important" to them.
  • Nearly 70 percent of UW-Madison students have used an online course-management system, with two-thirds rating it a positive or very positive experience.
  • Just under 90 percent of the students indicated over-all satisfaction with UW-Madison's technology resources. The mean overall satisfaction has grown steadily, from 3.9 on a 5-point scale in 2004 to 4.2 this year.

This is the eighth year of the survey.

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