Instructor use of IT

adequate technology skillsEach year, the Educause Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR) conducts a survey of its participating member institutions to track changes in technology use. UMBC first began participating in the ECAR survey in 2006 and has subsequently used the data to track user trends, such as increasing student use of mobile technology (i.e., the downward trend in desktop ownership is juxtaposed by the increase in laptop ownership  and ubiquity of smartphone ownership).

One question used as a bellwether for overall instructional use of technology elicits feedback on how many instructors have adequate technical skills for courses they instruct. The graph above illustrates the relative homogeneity in responses across the data when comparing UMBC with peer institutions and all US institutions.

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