2018 Students and Technology Research Study

2018 Students and Technology Research Study

This hub provides findings from the 2018 student study in the EDUCAUSE Technology Research in the Academic Community research series. ECAR collaborated with 130 institutions in 9 countries and 36 US states to collect responses from 64,536 students.

This research explores technology ownership, use patterns, and expectations as they relate to the student experience. Colleges and universities use these findings to better engage students in the learning process, improve IT services, plan for technology shifts that impact students, and become more technologically competitive among peer institutions.

Get Involved and Get Data

Sign up for the 2019 student and faculty surveys—there's no fee and you gain access to data for your institution and peers. 2018 survey participants can access data now in the ETRAC Portal.

bar chart showing student ratings of their overall technology experiences by degree type

Topics Covered

  • Device access, use, and importance to academic success
  • Campus Wi-Fi experiences
  • Learning management system use and satisfaction
  • Student learning environment preferences
  • Experiences with instructors and technology
  • Commuter students and internet access
  • Student online activities
  • Institutional awareness of student disability and accessibility
  • Student use and assessment of success tools
Students and Their Devices graphic showing different types and percentage used

Who Will Benefit

  • Higher ed IT organizations
  • Administrators and staff in faculty and professional development programs
  • Instructors from every type of institution, discipline, and level of experience
  • Student affairs professionals
  • Students
bar chart showing percentage of students who are aware of a variety of student success tools
bar chart showing percentage of students with disabilities, by degree type, who rate their institution's support of accessible or adaptive technology as good or excelent