Student learning technology use: preferences for study and contact

Benfield, Greg; Ramanau, Ruslan and Sharpe, Rhona (2009). Student learning technology use: preferences for study and contact. Brookes E-Journal of Learning and Teaching, 2(4)



This paper reports some of the results from a mixed-method research project to evaluate learners’ experiences of e-learning at Oxford Brookes University. Here we present the analysis of responses to a survey completed by 1,180 full-time undergraduate students. The survey aimed to elicit patterns and preferences in technology use by this group. It was found that students prefer to study at home, many using their own laptops to get online. Once online, students most frequently engaged in activities related to accessing and reading online learning materials. Students used a wide variety of communication tools to contact friends and peers but a narrower range to contact tutors, with a preference for e-mail. The implications of the findings are discussed in relation to the provision of learning spaces and technology on campus and the impact of institutions and courses in influencing how and where undergraduates study.

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