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The ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2007

Wednesday, September 12, 2007


This 2007 ECAR research study is a longitudinal extension of the 2004, 2005, and 2006 ECAR studies of students and information technology. The study, which reports noticeable changes from previous years, is based on quantitative data from a spring 2007 survey and interviews with 27,846 freshman, senior, and community college students at 103 higher education institutions. It focuses on what kinds of information technologies these students use, own, and experience; their technology behaviors, preferences, and skills; how IT impacts their experiences in their courses; and their perceptions of the role of IT in the academic experience.

Table of Contents
Entire Study The ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2007 [PDF 2,000 KB]
  Foreword [PDF 85 KB]
Chapter 1 Executive Summary [PDF 209 KB]
Chapter 2 Introduction: A Sea Change in Thinking, Knowing, Learning, and Teaching [PDF 193 KB]
Chapter 3 Methodology and Respondent Characteristics [PDF 150 KB]
Chapter 4 Student Ownership of, Use of, and Skill with Information Technology [PDF 425 KB]
Chapter 5 Student Use of IT in Courses [PDF 419 KB]
Chapter 6 Student Perceptions About IT’s Impact on the Academic Experience [PDF 416 KB]
Appendix A Acknowledgments [PDF 74 KB]
Appendix B Students and Information Technology in Higher Education: 2007 Survey Questionnaire [PDF 212 KB]
Appendix C Qualitative Interview Questions [PDF 69 KB]
Appendix D Participating Institutions and Survey Response Rates [PDF 107 KB]
Appendix E Bibliography [PDF 91 KB]
Online Supporting Materials
Key Findings [PDF 925 KB]
Roadmap [PDF 168 KB]
Survey Instrument [PDF 116 KB]

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