ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology 2013
By Rebecca Gould, Kansas State University
The ECAR Study, released in Oct, presents some interesting findings:
- 2/3 of the students indicate that instructors use technology effectively.
- The majority indicated that they do not skip class if the materials are posted online.
- Basic technology resources, such as the institution’s website, the learning management system and the library website are the “most pervasive and valued” and “used by nearly all students”
- Students look to faculty and their use of technology to enhance their own skills (in courses not in separate digital literacy courses)
- The preference of students is to separate their academic and social presence.
- Laptops remain the technology tool preferred, however smartphones and tablets are beginning to invade this space.
The complete report is available from: http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ERS1302/ERS1302.pdf.
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