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The ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2008

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


This 2008 ECAR research study is a longitudinal extension of the 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007 ECAR studies of students and information technology. The study is based on quantitative data from a spring 2008 survey of 27,317 freshmen and seniors at 90 four-year institutions and eight two-year institutions; student focus groups that included input from 75 students at four institutions; and analysis of qualitative data from 5,877 written responses to open-ended questions. In addition to studying student ownership, experience, behaviors, preferences, and skills with respect to information technologies, the 2008 study also includes a special focus on student participation in social networking sites.

Table of Contents
Entire Study The ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2008
Chapter 1 Executive Summary
Chapter 2 Introduction: Reshaping Campus Communication and Community through Social Network Sites
Chapter 3 Methodology and Respondent Characteristics
Chapter 4 Ownership of, Use of, and Skill with IT
Chapter 5 IT and the Academic Experience
Chapter 6 Social Networking Sites
Appendix A Acknowledgments
Appendix B Students and Information Technology in Higher Education: 2008 Survey Questionnaire
Appendix C Qualitative Interview Questions
Appendix D Participating Institutions and Survey Response Rates
Appendix E Bibliography
Online Supporting Materials
Key Findings
Survey Instrument

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