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Are digital natives a myth or reality? University students, use of digital technologies

Margaryan, Anoush; Littlejohn, Allison and Vojt, Gabrielle (2011). Are digital natives a myth or reality? University students, use of digital technologies. Computers & Education, 56(2) pp. 429–440.

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This study investigated the extent and nature of university students' use of digital technologies for learning and socialising. The findings show that students use a limited range of mainly established technologies. Use of collaborative knowledge creation tools, virtual worlds, and social networking sites was low. 'Digital natives' and students of a technical discipline (Engineering) used more technology tools when compared to 'digital immigrants' and students of a non-technical discipline (Social Work). This relationship may be mediated by the finding that Engineering courses required more intensive and extensive access to technology than Social Work courses. However, the use of technology between these groups is only quantitatively rather than qualitatively different.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2010 Elsevier Ltd.
ISSN: 0360-1315
Keywords: university students; digital technologies; media in education; pedagogical issues; post-secondary education; teaching/learning strategies
Academic Unit/School: Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
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Item ID: 42274
Depositing User: Allison Littlejohn
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2015 10:39
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2019 09:08
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