Are schools providing students with the skills to succeed in a technological world?

By Carolyn Lewis, Managing Director, eLearning Marketplace Ltd

EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR) has published their Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2016 and it makes interesting reading. The research, in which 71,641 respondents from 183 institutions in 12 countries and 37 U.S. states participated, looked at the importance of technology to students, their technology experiences and preferences and their views on how technology affects them.

The research highlights that:

46% of students say that they get more actively involved in courses that use technology. 78% of students agree that the use of technology contributes to the successful completion of courses. Laptops remain the most important device for academic success, smartphones are being increasingly used by students, with a 9% increase in use since last year, whereas tablet use is decreasing. A large majority of students said they prefer courses that have some blended aspect to their design.

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