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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 assess their technology expectations and experiences.
How to Participate: Survey Your Students and Faculty
The annual ECAR student and faculty research surveys help you assess technology expectations and experiences at your institution. Any higher education institution may participate in the surveys, and there is no fee to participate.
- Understand the research series and its value to your institution. Review the series overview and 2014 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 and/or faculty.
- Review the resources below. These will help you prepare and execute each study.
- Express your intent to participate in 2015 surveys. Complete the sign-up form by January 31, 2015. 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.
"The first step in identifying opportunities for improvement is to understand student and faculty experiences with technology and expectations of technology in the academic environment." — Eden Dahlstrom, Director of Research, ECAR
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 faculty and students about how to articulate their technology needs and expectations.
Higher education institutions may participate in the student study, the faculty study, or both. Survey both students and faculty so your institution can compare a subset of common survey questions to understand the technology expectations and experiences of these two populations around the same technology issue.
Participating institutions receive:
- The annual research reports;
- 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 2014 Technology Studies
Resources for the 2015 research will be available in Fall 2014.
Student Study 2014