ECAR study of undergraduate students and information technology, 2016

Posted on December 22nd, 2016

A report from the EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR) looks at undergraduate students and their relationship with information technology. The report examines the importance of technology to students, experiences students have with technology, their preferences regarding technology, and the effects of technology on students. More than 70,000 respondents from 183 institutions in 12 countries participated in the research. Among the findings are that students have a strong positive orientation toward technology. Students also feel that a majority of their instructors are using technology to connect to learning materials, and that instructors encourage the use of online collaborative tools. According to the report, it is important to understand what undergraduate students think about technology “given that [they] are higher education IT organizations’ largest and arguably most important group of end users.”