The new ECAR study is here! The new ECAR study is here!

I feel like Steve Martin in “The Jerk” when he was so excited that the new phonebooks had arrived! It is just as exciting, let me tell you. The EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research (ECAR) releases this study of undergraduates and their use of technology in higher education each year (well, as far back as 2004) with slight variations for newly emerging technologies. The 2009 study was just released yesterday. Here is the blurb straight from ECAR’s mouth:

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.

I know what I’ll be doing this weekend! Yippee!

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