Why Utilize Technology at App? - Students 2015

Research to Support Effective & Pertinent Use of Technology

Appalachian State Technology Student Benchmark Report, 2015

By Educause Center for Analysis & Research (ECAR)

Student Survey, data highlights: n = 835

Student Device Ownership and Use

  • 98.1% own a LAPTOP
    • 94.5% believe it is very or extremely important to academic success
    • 93.3% used in most or all of their courses
    • 48.7% wish for greater use during class
  • 36.7% own a TABLET
    • 27.9% believe it is very or extremely important to academic success
    • 8.4% used in most or all of their courses
    • 21.8% wish for greater use during class
  • 94.2% own a SMARTPHONE
    • 30.4% believe it is very or extremely important to academic success
    • 27.2% used in most or all of their courses
    • 27.2% wish for greater use during class
  • 9% own WEARABLE TECHNOLOGIES
    • 87% are fitness related
    • 33.3% believe it is very or extremely important to academic success
    • 0.1% used in most or all of their courses
  • 37% own internet-connected GAMING DEVICE
  • 66.4% believe a handheld device is important to extremely important for accessing LIBRARY RESOURCES
  • 61.4% believe a handheld device is important to extremely important for COMMUNICATING with PEERS
  • 69.7% are satisfied or very satisfied accessing course content on AsULEARN (LMS)
    • 61.4% believe a handheld device is important to extremely important for accessing AsULEARN

Student Perpsectives of Instructor/Course Use of Technology

  • 69.8% believe most, almost all or all have adequate technical skills
  • 58.8% agree or strongly agree that use of mobile devices is distrracting for instructors
  • 29.7% believe most, almost all or all instructors encourage the use of own technology devices during class to deepen learning
  • 39.4% used content and/or learning management systems (ASULearn) in most or all of their courses
    • 37.6% agreed or strongly agreed instructors would be more effective if skilled
    • 33.1% wish for greater use during course
    • 52.5% wish for more freely available content beyond campus
  • 3.4% used E-Portfolios in most or all of their courses
    • 25.9% agreed or strongly agreed instructors would be more effective if skilled
    • 14.8% wish for greater use during course
  • 8.4% used E-books or E-textbooks in most or all of their courses
    • 40.4% agreed or strongly agreed instructors would be more effective if skilled
    • 29.2 wish for greater use during course
  • 3% used simulations in most or all of their courses
    • 34.6% agreed or strongly agreed instructors would be more effective if skilled
    • 38.8% wish for greater use during course
  • 27.5% used online collaboration tools in most or all of their courses
    • 45.3% agreed or strongly agreed instructors would be more effective if skilled
    • 33.6% wish for greater use during course
  • 6% used recorded lectures in most or all of their courses
    • 42% agreed or strongly agreed instructors would be more effective if skilled
    • 48.8% wish for greater use during course
  • 6.3% used social media in most or all of their courses
    • 26.7% agreed or strongly agreed instructors would be more effective if skilled
    • 16.6% wish for greater use during course
  • 1.7% used 3D printers in most or all of their courses
    • 23.4% agreed or strongly agreed instructors would be more effective if skilled 
    • 27% wish for greater use during course
  • 7.4% used video/multimedia creation sofware in most or all of their courses
    • 45% agreed or strongly agreed instructors would be more effective if skilled
    • 30.1% wish for greater use during course
  • 39% used resource search tools in most or all of their courses
    • 61.1% agreed or strongly agreed instructors would be more effective if skilled
    • 44.2% wish for greater use during course
  • 9.6% used online blogs in most or all of their courses
    • 34.2% agreed or strongly agreed instructors would be more effective if skilled
    • 26.6% wish for greater use during course

Other

  • 71.3% prefer learning environments with some online components 
    • 91.4% prefer learning environments that range from some to completely on-line components
  • 17.8% have no blended courses
  • 54.6% have completed a completely online course
  • 28% would include an E-Portfolio on a resume
  • 41% get more involved in courses that use technology
  • 46.4% are more likely to skip class with available online materials
  • 68.5% feel technology makes them more connected to the university
  • 55.3% feel technology makes them more connected to peers
  • 50.1% feel technology makes them more connected to their instructors
  • 94.7% have at least two internet-capable devices
  • 50.6% agree or strongly agree that use of mobile devices is distrracting for instructors