What do undergraduates think of IT at the NWU?

In order to answer this question the NWU, for the first time in history, will participate in the EDUCAUSE Centre for Analysis and Research (ECAR) Students and Information Technology Study of 2016.

This study is based on an annual survey that helps higher education institutions assess student’s expectations and experiences of technology. Any higher education institution may participate, and there is no fee.

The 2015 ECAR Student Study collaborated with 161 institutions to collect responses from 50,274 undergraduate students across 11 countries about their technology experiences.

Enhance Decision-Making with ECAR Research

Colleges and universities use ECAR research and analysis to improve their IT service delivery by means of user data and technology trends and practices. ECAR is committed to a transparent and responsive process in developing our research agenda.

This longitudinal research can benchmark university consumer perceptions and catalyse conversations among IT professionals about how to better serve their constituents; among institutional leaders about how to articulate their technology needs and expectations.

Institutions use these insights to:

  • Improve IT services
  • Increase technology-enabled productivity
  • Prioritize strategic contributions of information technology to higher education
  • Plan for technology shifts among the various constituencies of the academic community
  • Become more technologically competitive among peer institutions, and find out what it might take to compete at the next level

NWU’s participation in the survey

The online survey will launch on 1 March 2016 and will be available via a link available on the eFundi home page.  The closing date is set for 15 April 2016 and one lucky participant will win a gift voucher from takealot.com worth R5 000.

EDUCAUSE is a non-profit association and the foremost community of IT leaders and professionals committed to advancing higher education.

EDUCAUSE helps those who lead, manage, and use information technology to shape strategic IT decisions at every level within higher education.