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The ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2009

Abstract

Abstract

Since 2004, the annual ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology has sought to shed light on how information technology affects the college experience. We ask students about the technology they own and how they use it in and out of their academic world. We gather information about how skilled students believe they are with technologies; how they perceive technology is affecting their learning experience; and their preferences for IT in courses. The ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2009 is a longitudinal extension of the 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008 studies. It is based on quantitative data from a spring 2009 survey of 30,616 freshmen and seniors at 103 four-year institutions and students at 12 two-year institutions; student focus groups that included input from 62 students at 4 institutions; and review of qualitative data from written responses to open-ended questions. In addition to studying student ownership, experience, behaviors, preferences, and skills with respect to information technologies, the 2009 study also includes a special focus on student ownership and use of Internet-capable handheld devices.

Table of Contents
Entire Study The ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2009
  Foreword
Chapter 1 Executive Summary
Chapter 2 Introduction: Higher Education—A Moveable Feast?
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 Undergraduates and the Mobile Revolution
Appendix A Acknowledgments
Appendix B Students and Information Technology in Higher Education: 2009 Survey Questionnaire
Appendix C Qualitative Interview Questions
Appendix D Participating Institutions and Survey Response Rates
Appendix E Bibliography
Online Supporting Materials
Key Findings
Roadmap
Survey Instrument

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