Since 2004, ECAR has partnered with higher education institutions to investigate the technologies that matter most to students by exploring technology ownership, use patterns, and perceptions of technology among undergraduate students. In 2013, the ECAR technology survey was sent to approximately 1.6 million students at 251 college/university sites, yielding 113,035 respondents across 13 countries. This year’s findings are organized into four main themes to help educators and higher education institutions better understand students’ current experiences:
- Students’ relationship with technology is complex—they recognize its value but still need guidance when it comes to better using it for academics.
- Students prefer blended learning environments while beginning to experiment with MOOCs.
- Students are ready to use their mobile devices more for academics, and they look to institutions and instructors for opportunities and encouragement to do so.
- Students value their privacy, and using technology to connect with them has its limits.
These themes not only inform us about undergraduate students’ opinions concerning technology, but they can also provide insight about the technology needs and expectations of tomorrow.