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EDUCAUSE Releases ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and IT

EDUCASE has released the annual ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology. In order to shed light on how information technology (IT) affects the college experience, EDUCAUSE has been tracking and reporting information through the ECAR report since 2004. This information can assist librarians and educators to better understand how today’s students use and interact with information technology. By better understanding the types of technology that today’s undergraduates rely upon, better foundations can be built for distributing information to library users.

The 2010 study is a longitudinal extension of the annual studies from 2004 through 2009. The data was collected from 36,950 freshmen and seniors at 100 four-year institutions and 27 two-year institutions.

The study provides insights regarding use of web technology and mobile technologies and the impact that technology has on both education and social behaviors. Knowing how today’s undergraduates are already interacting with information technology can help libraries prepare for the technology needs of these students as they get ready for graduate and medical school.

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