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If I Had a Million Dollars
March 20, 2012

This ECAR Research Bulletin focuses on EDUCAUSE Core Data Service (CDS) survey results related to a somewhat lighthearted but insightful hypothetical question about how two constituent groups mig…

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’ …

Open Wikis and the Protection of Institutional Welfare
February 7, 2012

Much has been written about wikis’ reliability and use in the classroom. This research bulletin addresses the negative impacts on institutional welfare that can arise from participating in a…

Funding-Model Archetypes for Central Information Technology Functions
January 17, 2012

This CDS Spotlight ECAR research bulletin focuses on EDUCAUSE Core Data Service (CDS) survey results related to funding models for Information Technology (IT) functions. Most IT professionals…

How Are Students Actually Using IT? An Ethnographic Study
November 29, 2011

This ECAR research bulletin describes an anthropological ethnographic analysis of student practices relating to the use of information technology on the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) c…

Protecting the Security of Research Data
November 8, 2011

The effective protection and management of research data has become a hot topic in U.S. higher education. Funding agencies increasingly require data management plans as part of grant submittals…

Situational Qualities Exhibited by Exceptional Presenters
October 18, 2011

Bad presentations are commonplace, but rather than focus on what is wrong with bad presentations, the authors looked at what makes an exceptional presentation . They referenced recent…

Connecting Student Data from ECAR and CDS
September 29, 2011

This CDS Spotlight focuses on integrating selected data from the 2010 CDS survey results with selected results of the ECAR National Study of Students and Information Technology in Higher Educat…

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…

Highlights of the 2011 ECAR Symposium: IT as a Game Changer
September 21, 2011

This ECAR research bulletin presents highlights from the 2011 ECAR Symposium, held July 28–29 in Chicago, Illinois. In addition to a synthesis of keynote talks by Doug Lynch, University of Pen…

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