The 2010 ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology in its seventh iteration shares the responses on existing and emerging technologies of 36,950 students from 127 doctoral (56.3%), master’s (22.3%), baccalaureate (8%), associate’s (11.5%), and other institutions. Some of the questions posed assessed skill level with various technologies, ownership of Internet-capable handheld devices, preference on how the students liked to learn, reasons for use of social networking sites, collaboration using web-based tools, and more.
- Eighty-nine percent of the students reported owning a laptop or netbook, with 99 percent reporting owning a computer. The latter is up from 93 percent in 2004.
- About 63 percent of the students reported owning a handheld device, and more than 11 percent intend to purchase one within the year.
- Students reported spending an average of 21.2 hours per week in online activities that are school- and nonschool-related.