The myth of digital native: Students’ use of digital technologies

My colleague Allison Littlejohn and I have been reanalysing the data from our Learning from Digital Natives project that was completed last year and the final report from which was released earlier this year.

The aim of the study was to analyse the nature and extent of students’ use of digital technologies for formal and informal learning and socialisation. We also explored lecturers’ experiences with using technologies in teaching. We investigated students’ and lecturers’ perceptions on the educational value of these tools and their views on the barriers and enablers for using technologies to support learning.

The study involved a survey of 160 Engineering and Social Work students and follow up interviews with 8 students and 8 lecturers.   Allison and I are currently writing a paper on this (I will post the draft later), however highlights of the key results are summarised in a presentation which I gave today at our department.

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