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"What's a desktop?" and other first-year questions

Posted: 21 September, 2018

We surveyed almost 3,000 incoming DIT students last week about their use of tech devices and here's what we found.

Students mobile devices

Call them digital natives or Generation Z, but our incoming first years are connected to the web almost permanently, primarily via mobile devices. Born mainly in 1999 and 2000, they do not remember life before WiFi.

When we surveyed almost 3,000 incoming DIT students last week, we discovered that 99.5% of them have a smartphone, and two-thirds of these are iPhones. Ninety-six per cent of them have broadband at their place of residence and 89% have a laptop. Many of those who don’t have a laptop are planning to get one within the next couple of weeks, once they have determined the needs of their course. Just over 40% of students have an iPad or tablet computer.

Just one student told us that they had no devices at all. Another had no mobile phone, but uses a an iPad and laptop. 

The traditional PC is on the wane: less than half of incoming students have a desktop computer, and in fact, some of them wondered what a desktop PC was!

The survey, which was conducted by the Directorate of Academic Affairs, Digital and Learning Transformation from 10-14 September 2018, provides some valuable insights and suggestions into how we can plan future communications, software licensing, internet access and other features of our emerging digital campus.

For more information contact Kevin O’Rourke, Digital Campus Architect -