STUDENTS AND TECHNOLOGY

TECHNOLOGY CRITICAL TO SUCCESS
of students say they were prepared to use needed technology when they entered college of students say that technology helps them achieve their academic outcomes
Printer Laptop

2012

66%

75%

Importance of devices to academic success
E-reader Scanner Smartphone Tablet

Desktop

Thumb drive

84%

85%

65%

68%

31%

33%

37%

45%

MOVING BEYOND PLATFORMS AND DEVICES
Student device ownership
Laptop Smartphone Desktop Tablet 15% E-reader 12%

Important to do from a mobile device
Accessing course websites or syllabi Using course or learning management systems Checking grades Accessing financial aid information Registering for courses

86% 62% 33%

66% 64% 57% 37% 33% 26% 26% 24%

83%

Increase in students who own a laptop from 2004 to 2012

Purchasing textbooks Accessing library resources Ordering transcripts

Percentage of students using smartphones

44%

iPhone

Android

46%

LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS AND ENGAGING STUDENTS WITH TECHNOLOGY
74%
of students say they have taken at least one course that includes online components

54%

of students say they are more actively involved in courses that use technology

70%

of students say they learn most in blended learning environments

57%

of students say they wish their instructors used more open educational resources

16%

of students say they skip classes when course lectures are available online

55%

of students say they wish their instructors used more simulations or educational games

2008
107%

2012

15%
In 2008 15% of students said they took a class completely online; in 2012 31% did.

31%

MODES OF COMMUNICATION
Students wished their instructors communicated more using:
of students say it's important to have an online forum to communicate with other students of students say they are comfortable connecting on social networks with past professors
Face-to-face interaction Course or learning management system E-mail Text messaging Instant messaging/ online chatting Social studying sites Phone-like communication over the Internet

53% 53% 45% 43% 37% 36% 33% 29% 28%

57%
of students say they like to keep academic and social lives separate

Facebook Phone conversation

EDUCAUSE CENTER FOR APPLIED RESEARCH
The data in this infographic comes from the ECAR report, ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2012. Visit educause.edu/ecar-student-2012 to view the full report.

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