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ERIC Number: ED564481
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct
Pages: 50
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2014
Dahlstrom, Eden; Bichsel, Jacqueline
Since 2004, EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR) has partnered with higher education institutions to investigate the technologies that matter most to undergraduate students. They do this by exploring students' technology experiences and expectations. In 2014, the ECAR technology survey was sent to approximately 1.5 million students at 213 institutions, yielding 75,306 responses across 15 countries. This year's findings are based on a stratified random sample of 10,000 U.S. respondents and shed light on a number of topics that include: (1) General student technology experiences and expectations; (2) Anytime, anywhere access to learning that is enabled by device proliferation; and (3) Learning environments. Although technology is omnipresent in the lives of students, leveraging technology as a tool to engage students is still evolving. Looking at longitudinal data from past student studies, it is seen that students still have a complex relationship with technology; they recognize its value, but they still need guidance when it comes to using technology in meaningful and engaging ways for academics. Students are still ready to use their mobile devices more for academics, but there has not been widespread application of this. Students also still prefer blended learning environments, and their expectations are increasing for these hybrid online/face-to-face experiences. These are all issues that ECAR will continue to address by surveying students (and other populations of the academic community) to contribute to the body of knowledge around end users' technology experiences and expectations. The following are appended: (1) Participating Institutions; and (2) Validity and Reliability of Semantic Differential Constructs.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Blackboard; MBS Direct
Authoring Institution: EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR)