Study behaviours in an increasingly digital world: Learning habits, top tips and 'study hacks' questionnaire survey

Ellis, Elizabeth; Gallagher, Alice and Peasgood, Alice (2017). Study behaviours in an increasingly digital world: Learning habits, top tips and 'study hacks' questionnaire survey. The Open University.


In response to recent changes in the higher education market, student performance and competitor activity, The Open University has developed strategic objectives around a shift to developing ‘digital by design’ modules and the development of new digital tools to improve student success rates. In order to design effective tools, this initial piece of research was designed to understand more about students’ current study behaviours. The survey was built on a framework with student success at the centre, and generated a great deal of rich, qualitative data about how current distance learning students approach their study.

The data was analysed using a thematic analysis, and produced a number of interesting themes. These included a variety of digital personas; priorities when organising study sessions; note-taking methods and reasons for making notes; and boundaries. The practical applications of these findings are some embryonic concepts for new tools and digital spaces for students that encourage the development of successful study behaviours. These concepts are being developed in conjunction with a rigorous research plan.

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 50433
  • Item Type
  • Other - Other
  • Project Funding Details
  • Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
    Internal project funded solely by The Open UniversityNot SetThe Open University (OU)
  • Keywords
  • digital and information literacy, e-assessment, enquiry-based learning, e-portfolios, experiential learning, formative assessment, game-based learning, impact on student’s practice, independent study, innovation, learning analytics, learning outcomes, level 0, level 1, level 2, level 3, mobile technologies, module content, OU VLE resources, peer assessment, personal development planning, postgraduate, practice-based learning, reflective learning, social networking, student experience and perceptions, student feedback, student motivation and engagement, student peer support, student workload, study skills, tablets, TMAs, tutor feedback, usability;
  • Academic Unit or School
  • Learner and Discovery Services (LDS) > Development & Production
    Learner and Discovery Services (LDS)
    Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
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  • © 2017 The Open University.
  • Depositing User
  • Elizabeth Ellis