Main Nav

ECAR Study of Students and Information Technology, 2005: Convenience, Connection, Control, and Learning

Wednesday, October 12, 2005


A longitudinal extension of the 2004 ECAR study of students and information technology, this 2005 study is based on quantitative data from more than 18,000 freshman and senior students at 63 higher education institutions. It focuses on what kinds of information technologies today's students are using, with what levels of skill they are using them, how IT use contributes to the undergraduate experience, and what value the use of IT adds in terms of learning. The study also provides a review of and comparison with the 2004 ECAR study of students and IT and the 2003 ECAR study of faculty use of course management systems undertaken at the University of Wisconsin System.

Table of Contents
Entire Study ECAR Study of Students and Information Technology, 2005: Convenience, Connection, Control, and Learning
Ch. 1 Executive Summary
Ch. 2 Methodology and Respondent Characteristics
Ch. 3 Student Use and Skill with Information Technology
Ch. 4 Information Technology in Courses
Ch. 5 The Promise and Performance of Course Management Systems
Ch. 6 A Little Wind Ruffling the Curtains at Dawn
Appendix A References
Appendix B Acknowledgments
Appendix C 2005 Survey Questionnaire
Appendix D Qualitative Interview Questions
Appendix E Participating Institutions and Respondent Characteristics
Case Studies
Digital Recollections
Online Supporting Materials
Key Findings
Survey Instrument

Download This Resource


Connect: San Antonio
April 22–24
Register Now

Events for all Levels and Interests

Whether you're looking for a conference to attend face-to-face to connect with peers, or for an online event for team professional development, see what's upcoming.


Digital Badges
Member recognition effort
Earn yours >

Career Center

Leadership and Management Programs

EDUCAUSE Institute
Project Management



Jump Start Your Career Growth

Explore EDUCAUSE professional development opportunities that match your career aspirations and desired level of time investment through our interactive online guide.


EDUCAUSE organizes its efforts around three IT Focus Areas



Join These Programs If Your Focus Is


Get on the Higher Ed IT Map

Employees of EDUCAUSE member institutions and organizations are invited to create individual profiles.



2015 Strategic Priorities

  • Building the Profession
  • IT as a Game Changer
  • Foundations

Learn More >

Uncommon Thinking for the Common Good™

EDUCAUSE is the foremost community of higher education IT leaders and professionals.