Saturday, October 24, 2009

ECAR 2009 Study > Chapter Six > Undergraduates And The Mobile Revolution

Select Findings >
  • Among students, desktop computer ownership is down, laptop ownership is way up.
  • Most students have new computers (79% of freshmen own a laptop one year old or less, two-thirds own a laptop or desktop 2 years old. 18% say their computer is four years old or older).
  • 51% own an internet-capable handheld device, with 12% more planning to purchase one within a year. Among those who own one, 35% say they never access the internet on it. Cost and other ways to access Net were the most cited reasons.
  • Cell phone ownership is nearly ubiquitous. One-third say that they use their cell phones in class for non-class activities.
  • SNS’s (Social Networking Sites) and texting are up (nearing saturation), while Instant Messenging is declining.
  • SNS’s were used by 90% of students outside class, and wikis by 42%, but only around a quarter of students used SNS’s or wikis in a course. One-third of students used podcasts personally but only 6% in courses.
  • Students generally like Course Management Systems!
  • Students don’t think instructors use IT well. The percent that say their instructors effectively use IT or have adequate IT skills– 45%. Only one-third say instructors adequately train them for the IT used in their courses.
  • Students who say the greatest benefit of IT in education is convenience – 70%. Only 49% agree or strongly agree that IT improves learning. One possible reason for this low number is that only 53% of students agree or strongly agree with the statement “My institution’s IT services are always available when I need them for my coursework.”
  • 60% of students prefer only a moderate amount of IT in courses.

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 / 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 Six > 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

CITE: Smith, Shannon, Gail Salaway, and Judith Borreson Caruso, with an Introduction by Richard N. Katz. The ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2009 (Research Study, Vol. 6). Boulder, CO: EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research, 2009.

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