Student Technology Research
From 2013 to 2015, Lethbridge College investigated students’ usage of and their expectations for technology in relation to their college experience, and more specifically in relation to learning. This research was undertaken as part of an ongoing, international, initiative led by the U.S.-based Educause Centre for Applied Research (ECAR). During our research timelines, 251, 213 and 161other post- secondary institutions also utilized the ECAR survey instrument to undertake research in their
Seven themes were generated from this work and can be found in the research report, Academic Success and Educational Technology: Analysis of Student Needs and Expectations.
"Academic Success and Educational Technology: Analysis of Student Needs and Expectations"
Theme 1: Students want their instructors to be available or “connected” outside of the classroom to provide timely support and information.
Theme 2: Students are aware that the learning management system makes possible timely release and access to course materials.
Theme 3: Students are aware that technology makes it possible for instructors to create innumerable opportunities to practice and receive feedback, just as many as they require to succeed.
Theme 4: Students are aware that technology makes it possible for instructors to provide up-to-date information so they can manage their time and choose how best to allocate their effort.
Theme 5: Students are aware that use of technology can enhance their learning, so they notice instructor technology proficiency or lack thereof.
Theme 6: Students have a nuanced understanding of “engagement” and recognize that instructor use of media can result in either engagement or disengagement.
Theme 7: Students are aware that technology makes it possible for instructors to provide a unified face-to-face and online learning experience.