The Educause Center for Applied Research (ECAR) released their findings from a recent national study of students and Information Technology in higher education.  This study significantly expands the current research of student use of technology, mainly due to the breadth of the 3,000 participants.

The quick summary is:

  • Students are drawn to hot technologies but rely on more traditional devices.
  • Students recognize major academic benefits of technology.
  • Students report uneven perceptions of institutions and instructors on technology.
  • Facebook-generation students juggle personal and academic interactions.
  • Students prefer, and say they learn more in, classes with online components.

The results of the study have also been translated into a more palatable infographic format [click to embiggen]:


For the complete results of this study, please visit: