How information technology affects the college experience, a student perspective

ECAR National Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2011 Report

“The ECAR study of undergraduate students and information technology sheds lights on how information technology affects the college experience. ECAR has conducted this annual study since 2004, and though students’ ownership and utilization of technology changes from year to year, students consistently rely upon their instructors and institutions to meet their technology expectations and needs. The 2011 study differs from past studies in that the questionnaire was reengineered and responses were gathered from a nationally representative sample of 3,000 students in 1,179 colleges and universities.

  • Students are drawn to hot technologies, but they rely on more traditional devices
  • Students report technology delivers major academic benefits
  • Students report uneven perceptions of institutions’ and instructors’ use of technology
  • Facebook generation students juggle personal and academic interactions
  • Students prefer, and say they learn more in, classes with online components”


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