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Participate in Technology Research in the Academic Community
What do students and faculty think of IT at your institution?
Use these EDUCAUSE surveys to benchmark and assess their technology expectations and experiences.
Student Study: How to Participate in 2016
The ECAR Students and Information Technology study is based on an annual survey that helps you assess student technology expectations and experiences at your institution. Any higher education institution may participate, and there is no fee.
- Understand the research series and its value to your institution. Review the series overview and 2015 research.
- Select a survey administrator. Institutions must appoint a survey administrator, who is responsible for corresponding with ECAR, securing institutional approval, providing sampling plan information, and sending the survey invitation to students.
- Review the resources below. These will help you prepare and execute the survey.
- Express your intent to participate. We encourage institutions to sign-up by January of each year. The ECAR research team will follow-up with survey process and and resources.
- Contact the ECAR research team at email@example.com if you have questions.
Faculty Study: Options for 2016
Although ECAR will not conduct a stand-alone faculty study in 2016, we will continue to use the 2015 faculty data to keep our research relevant to the needs and experiences of this important constituent group. We are experimenting with a two-year cycle for this research effort. Local survey implementation and benchmarking services are still available in off-cycle years. Institutions interested in administering the faculty survey during an off-cycle year can contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
This study can help leaders frame and answer key questions about what their students need and hope for from technology, which can help immensely as an institution develops its strategic objectives for educational technology."
— Susan Grajek, Vice President of Data, Research, and Analytics, EDUCAUSE
The data and findings from this research can catalyze conversations among IT professionals about how to better serve their constituents; among institutional leaders about how to use technology strategically; and among students about how to articulate their technology needs and expectations.
Participating institutions receive:
- The annual research report;
- An aggregate-level summary/benchmarking report that compares your institution's responses with other institutions'; and
- The raw (anonymous) data of your institution's responses, so you can conduct further analyses.
Resources for the 2016 Student Research
- Intent to Participate form
- Participation checklist
- Survey instrument
- Research prospectus
- IRB planning
- Sampling plan information
- Sample size calculator tool
- Informed Consent Documentation
- Example Documents
- E-mail for student invitation
- Benchmarking and comparison report
- 2015 Participants (list of institutions)