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2015 Student and Faculty Technology Research Studies

This hub contains the 2015 student and faculty studies from the EDUCAUSE Technology Research in the Academic Community research series. In 2015, ECAR collaborated with 139 institutions to collect responses from 13,276 faculty respondents across 12 countries about their technology experiences. ECAR also collaborated with 161 institutions to collect responses from 50,274 undergraduate students across 11 countries about their technology experiences.



Study of Students and Information Technology, 2015

Authors: D. Christopher Brooks, Eden Dahlstrom, Susan Grajek, and Jamie Reeves
Publication Date: December 2015

Key Findings

Selected findings are below. See the report for a comprehensive list.

  • Technology is embedded into students’ lives, and students generally have positive inclinations toward technology.
  • More students own Internet-capable devices now than ever. A projected increase in connected devices could soon challenge even the most agile networks.
  • Students and faculty have similarly high levels of interest in using mobile devices to enhance learning, but the actual use of these devices in academics remains low, despite their increased prevalence.
  • Although students use technology extensively, we have evidence that technologies are not achieving their full potential for academic use.
  • Most students support institutional use of their data to advise them on academic progress in courses and programs.


Study of Faculty and Information Technology, 2015

Authors: D. Christopher Brooks
Publication Date: October 2015

Key Findings

Selected findings are below. See the report for a comprehensive list.

  • Faculty own a variety of technologies, possess generally positive dispositions and attitudes toward technology, and use it extensively.
  • Faculty have considerable experience teaching with technology, especially using digital learning environments.
  • Faculty claim that they would adopt technology more if they had evidence of its impact on student learning.
  • Faculty are motivated by the prospect of having release time to design or redesign their courses.
  • A majority of faculty think that mobile technology can enhance student learning.


EDUCAUSE Technology Research in the Academic Community

This research can catalyze conversations among IT professionals about how to better serve their constituents; among institutional leaders about how to use technology strategically; and among faculty and students about how to articulate their technology needs and expectations.

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