Lone Star College commissions study on technology use by students

Lone Star College System News

Published on: September 29, 2011
HOUSTON (Sept. 29, 2011) Lone Star College System has completed a groundbreaking study The National Lone Star Report on Aligning Technology with Student Success intended to help college leaders align their plans and investments in technology with students needs.
While there are a number of reports in the marketplace today regarding use of technology in colleges, The National Lone Star Report is the first to leverage the voice of community college students as a key portion of the data collection, said Shah Ardalan, LSCS vice chancellor and CIO.
The National Lone Star Report captures data from more than 6,000 students on 36 college campuses, and also includes study and analysis of more than 1.5 million helpdesk inquiries from 55 colleges across the nation, Ardalan said. In addition, this report is the first initiative of its kind that was student-led and student-written.
The National Lone Star Report on Aligning Technology with Student Success will allow college administrators access to the collective voice of American students and it provides invaluable data on students needs, desires and dreams, and how technology can help them achieve these goals, Ardalan said.
The methodology used for The National Lone Star Report on Aligning Technology with Student Success was undertaken with a simple model: 1) talk to students, 2) survey students, 3) review student issues around campus technology, and 4) analyze the data in combination with other well-established national reports. It is the first national report to exclusively study two-year colleges and their students
There were a number of key findings in the report related to use of technology on campuses that were consistent in student feedback and survey responses:
1)      Students said colleges should not implement technology for the sake of technology.
2)      When technology is deployed, make sure that it works.
3)      Faculty members need to know how to use the technology and they should actually use it.
As part of this student feedback, students …

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