Thursday, October 18, 2012
The ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology 2012
The top 4 things that students wished that teachers used more were: Open Educational Resources; Simulations or educational games; Learning Management Systems and e-books. It seemed to me unlikely that everyone would know what OERs were, but when I checked the questionnaire, in fact that item was phrased as "Freely available course content beyond your campus (OpenCourseWare, Khan Academy, etc.)".
There was a majority agreeing that technology was important to achieve success in their studies and their future jobs. The top technology valued was the Learning management System, followed by the Library Website. A larger number of students (than in the last study) felt that their teachers were using technology effectively.
There is more on this and other questions in the full report, available at http://www.educause.edu/library/resources/ecar-study-undergraduate-students-and-information-technology-2012
Photo by Sheila Webber: Autumn colour, October 2012