Some recent trends have prompted the Learning Technologies Team to consider what web browsers are being used on mobile and computer devices here at Durham University to access our Blackboard VLE. The analytics extract below shows some of our user demographics since the start of term (3rd October). It’s interesting to see the breakdown of the top 10. For infrequent analytics users remember that the numbers don’t represent numbers of users but hits by device.
The interesting thing from these stats is that although over 66% of the device we see on the wireless network are Apple devices, by far the most popular is chrome on windows with 24%. Apple’s flagship browser Safari is close behind it, with our Blackboard users choosing to learn via their Mac with 21%. An additional 15% come from direct access via iOS. These are users choosing to access Blackboard via their browser rather than in the student app. A perhaps surprising figure is the number of users choosing Chrome as their Apple Mac browser at 12%.
The takeaway for the team is that this makes Safari a far more important browser to our users than had been imagined. Consequently we might want to think about this when we consider our testing and feature rollout in the future, along with more emphasis in our guidance and support. It will be curious to see how this breakdown changes in the next few months and again after Christmas when lots of the students come back with shiny new kit.