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IPAS Evaluation and Assessment Guide
May 27, 2015

This report consists of two main parts. The first addresses a host of methodological and procedural issues related to the evaluation and assessment of IT projects in general and IPAS projects in …

Assessment with E-Textbook Analytics
February 15, 2015

Higher education administrators and faculty are increasingly interested in determining how large amounts of student data in electronic systems can be used to promote student success . Wher…

What MOOCs Mean to Today's Students and Institutions
October 7, 2013

This research bulletin uses data from ECAR research on students and IT and on e-learning to paint a picture of the role MOOCs currently play in higher education and the directions MOOCs…

Using Analytics at UMBC: Encouraging Student Responsibility and Identifying Effective Course Designs
April 30, 2013

Higher education invests considerable resources into technology for academic purposes, but understanding whether those instructional technologies improve learning is often a difficult questio…

Student Perceptions of Course Management System Tools: Implications for Evaluation and Adoption of Online Tools in Higher Education
February 28, 2012

Given an expectation of digital literacy among students, why should we worry about student perceptions of CMS tools ? For the same reason exemplary instructors stay aware of their students’ …

From Learning Commons to Learning Outcomes: Assessing Collaborative Services and Spaces
September 27, 2011

This ECAR research bulletin reviews six recent user studies of the commons model on different campuses , with three highlighted as exemplars. While the studies used varying methodologies, t…

Strategic Directives for Learning Management System Planning
September 21, 2010

This ECAR research bulletin reviews theoretical and practical publications that explore individual components of learning management system (LMS) behavior and isolates the primary claims, functi…

Assessing What Faculty, Students, and Staff Expect from Information Technology Organizations in Higher Education
September 7, 2010

This ECAR research bulletin covers the TechQual+ approach to assessing what faculty, students, and staff expect from IT organizations in higher education. The theoretical approach to TechQual+ i…

Simulation Technologies in Higher Education: Uses, Trends, and Implications
February 9, 2010

This ECAR research bulletin focuses on the rapid growth in the use of simulation technologies in higher education and the implications this will have for information technology planning and poli…

Assessing the Future: E-Portfolio Trends, Uses, and Options in Higher Education
February 24, 2009

This ECAR research bulletin overviews the use of e-portfolios in higher education. The analysis of the potential benefits in post-secondary settings also includes considerations of the obstacles …