EDUCAUSE is one of the most trusted names in higher education. It’s no surprise that their 2012 ECAR (EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research) Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology revealed some fascinating data about how students are currently using technology and how they want to be using it. This is the ninth year the study has been conducted, and EDUCAUSE has leveraged the continuity to gather data over that period and discover new uses and requirements for technology.
• The Flipped Classroom Works
The study found that 70 percent of students learn best in a blended environment consisting of face-to-face learning and an online supplement.
• Students Own Devices, So We Need to Leverage Them
A full 86 percent of students own laptops and smartphones; tablets and e-readers are not far behind. These devices can do so much more than serve as a word processor or a research tool. Are professors really taking advantage of the fact that nearly every student can tap open-source software, social media, free content-management systems and unlimited information?
• Students Will Need to Use Technology in Their Careers, So They Should Use It Now
Here is a sentence you can’t ignore: “Students value technology in the academic environment, and the vast majority say that technology helps them achieve their academic outcomes and prepares them for the future.”