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ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2012

Posted in studies on October 15, 2012 by electriclibrarian

The new ECAR study is out!  From their website:

ECAR has surveyed undergraduate students annually since 2004 about technology in higher education. In 2012, ECAR collaborated with 195 institutions to collect responses from more than 100,000 students about their technology experiences. The findings are distilled into the broad thematic message for institutions and educators to balance strategic innovation with solid delivery of basic institutional services and pedagogical practices and to know students well enough to understand which innovations they value the most.


ECAR 2011 study released

Posted in studies on November 30, 2011 by electriclibrarian

The ECAR National Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2011 was released last month. Some interesting findings about students’ views on online learning (most don’t prefer completely online), use of/skills with creative technologies (many want to learn how to use these) and of course not so surprising findings about use of social networking. All interesting stuff!

Nielsen Social Media Report released

Posted in studies on October 3, 2011 by kidsarealright

Nielsen’s Social Media report was just released – interesting that the average social media site visitor is a female aged 18-34. Just behind the 18-34 year olds are the 35-49 year olds with the 2-17 year olds a distant 5th (even behind the 65+ crowd!) Where are the netgens if not on the social networks and blogs??

New report – do today’s students like e-learning?

Posted in studies on September 18, 2011 by electriclibrarian

Interesting to see this new report: The State of E-Learning in Canadian Universities: If Students are Digital Natives, Why Don’t They Like E-Learning? In my opinion, it’s more the implementation of e-learning and the various definitions of e-learning that we are all using that are at issue – but an interesting snapshot of student perceptions nonetheless.

Thanks for the tip from weelibrarian!

What Students Don’t Know

Posted in studies on August 31, 2011 by kidsarealright

This isn’t really news but interesting & important nonetheless:

News: What Students Don’t Know – Inside Higher Ed.

From the article:

The goal was to generate data that, rather than being statistically significant yet shallow, would provide deep, subjective accounts of what students, librarians and professors think of the library and each other at those five institutions [DePaul University, Illinois Wesleyan University (IWU), Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU), the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS)]. The resulting papers are scheduled to be published by the American Library Association this fall, under the title: “Libraries and Student Culture: What We Now Know.”

Exciting stuff! Also, check out the excellent ERIAL Project page!


How Does Age Affect Web Use? Great Infographics!

Posted in studies on January 21, 2011 by kidsarealright

How Does Age Affect Web Use? is a posting on SiteJABBER Blog from yesterday – they have taken the data from the recent Pew Study and displayed it graphically. Cool!

Generations Online in 2010 | Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project

Posted in studies on December 20, 2010 by kidsarealright

Thank you, Pew – for another interesting study:

Generations Online in 2010 | Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.

Some highlights from the overview:

“The dominance of the Millennial generation that we documented in our first “Generations” report in 2009 has slipped in many activities.

Milliennials, those ages 18-33, remain more likely to access the internet wirelessly with a laptop or mobile phone. In addition, they still clearly surpass their elders online when it comes to many communication- and entertainment-related activities, such as using social network sites and playing games online.

However, internet users in Gen X (those ages 34-45) and older cohorts are more likely than Millennials to engage in several online activities, including visiting government websites and getting financial information online.

Finally, the biggest online trend is that, while the very youngest and oldest cohorts may differ, certain key internet uses are becoming more uniformly popular across all age groups. These online activities include seeking health information, purchasing products, making travel reservations, and downloading podcasts.”

Thank you, resourceshelf for the heads-up!