In 2012, the EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research (ECAR) collaborated with 195 institutions to collect responses from more than 100,000 students about their technology experiences. Technology is a critical part of students’ learning environments for both traditional brick-and-mortar classrooms as well as e-learning settings. This annual study explores technology ownership, use patterns, and perceptions of technology among higher education undergraduate students. Key findings for 2012 are organized around four broad thematic messages:
(1) Blended-learning environments are the norm; students say that these environments best support how they learn.
(2) Students want to access academic progress information and course material via their mobile devices, and institutions deliver.
(3) Technology training and skill development for students is more important than new, more, or “better” technology.
(4) Students use social networks for interacting with friends more than for academic communication.
An update on the 2013 survey will be included in this session, as will information on how to participate in the 2014 survey.