In the 2015 ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, undergraduate student smartphone ownership hit a milestone of 92%. This is an almost 40% increase from 2011. The study suggests that “because far more undergraduate students own mobile devices (smartphones, laptops, and tablets) than the general adult population, higher education is in a unique position to leverage these devices as productivity tools, as assets for learning, and as administrative or transactional resources.” This study confirms what is seen on TWU campuses each day. Students are dependent upon their mobile devices, and they use them for study and non-study purposes.
The Office of Technology has steadily increased Wi-Fi coverage across TWU campuses to accommodate the BYOD-effect. In 2016, the department piloted an additional service.
To match BYOD-demand, TWU Technology provided courtesy charging stations at the Houston Center in spring 2016. The stations were popular and will be placed across all three TWU campuses in the coming year. Internet technology expands learning beyond the classroom, and TWU Technology is dedicated to providing the tools students need to learn in any environment.