Student and Faculty Technology Research Studies

The Department of IT is conducting the 2015 Educause ECAR technology surveys in the upcoming weeks. Participation in this national research study will assist IT in understanding the technology experiences and expectations of faculty and students.  Analysis of our results will be used to improve IT services and optimize the impact of technology on teaching, learning and engagement. 

Faculty will be notified by email with a link to the survey on February 23rd and the faculty survey will close on Friday March 20th, 2015.  Students will be notified by email with a link to the survey on March 23rd and the student survey will close on April 7th.  We appreciate the efforts of those who choose to complete the survey.  Participants may opt in to an Educause drawing for Amazon gift cards.

Key findings of the 2014 research studies are available in summary below and via the links to Educause content to provide perspective on the research. (Note that Stonehill did not participate in the 2014 study.)  In addition to the full research report, Stonehill will receive the raw data from our institution’s responses and a benchmark comparison with others in our Carnegie class.

Educause Content

2014 National ECAR Student Survey Key Findings

Selected findings are below. See the report for a comprehensive list.

  • Technology is embedded into students’ lives, and students are generally inclined to use and to have favorable attitudes toward technology. However, technology has only a moderate influence on students’ active involvement in particular courses or as a connector with other students and faculty.
  • Students’ academic use of technology is widespread but not deep. They are particularly interested in expanding the use of a few specific technologies.
  • Many students use mobile devices for academic purposes. Their in-class use is more likely when instructors encourage such use; however, both faculty and students are concerned about their potential for distraction.
  • More students than ever have experienced a digital learning environment. The majority say they learn best with a blend of online and face-to-face work.
  • Most students support institutional use of their data to advise them on academic progress in courses and programs. Many of the analytic functions students seek already exist in contemporary LMSs.

2014 National ECAR Faculty Survey Key Findings

Selected findings are below. See the report for a comprehensive list.

  • Faculty recognize that online learning opportunities can promote access to higher education but are more reserved in their expectations for online courses to improve outcomes.
  • Faculty interest in early-alert systems and intervention notifications is strong.
  • The majority of faculty are using basic features and functions of LMSs but recognize that these systems have much more potential to enhance teaching and learning.
  • Faculty think they could be more effective instructors if they were better skilled at integrating various kinds of technology into their courses.
  • Faculty recognize that mobile devices have the potential to enhance learning.