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ECAR Releases National Study of Students and IT

ECAR has just released The National Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2011. The report sheds light on how information technology affects the college experience. Because of the widespread interest in and importance of this topic, ECAR has made this report publicly accessible upon release.

The 2011 study differs from past studies in that the questionnaire was reengineered and responses were gathered from a nationally representative sample of 3,000 students in 1,179 colleges and universities.

Key Findings

  • Students are drawn to hot technologies, but they rely on more traditional devices
  • Students report technology delivers major academic benefits
  • Students report uneven perceptions of institutions' and instructors' use of technology
  • Facebook generation students juggle personal and academic interactions
  • Students prefer, and say they learn more in, classes with online components

EDUCAUSE Research at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference
If you're attending EDUCAUSE 2011 in Philadelphia, I invite you to participate in a session about this report and in the many other EDUCAUSE Data, Research, and Analytics activities at EDUCAUSE 2011.