ECAR Students and IT Study: CMS Chapter

It would be easy to make too much of this chapter from a recent ECAR report on Students and Information Technology, 2005: Convenience, Connection, Control, and Learning, as it seems to paint an overall positive picture of student experiences with CMS. In the highlights it states that of students who report having used a CMS in one of their courses, 75% reported a positive or very positive experience.

A deeper look reveals, however, that the respondents were reflecting overwhemingly on an experience of using a CMS in a blended or mostly f2f situation, and that much of what was viewed as positive was focused on CMS’ ability to facilitate somewhat administrative tasks, like accessing syllabi, course notes and grades. – SWL