Students, use of technologies to support formal and informal learning

Margaryan, Anoush; Nicol, David; Littlejohn, Allison and Trinder, Kathryn (2008). Students, use of technologies to support formal and informal learning. In: Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Media and Technology 2008, pp. 4257–4266.



This paper outlines a study investigating the educational potential of emergent social technologies and current practices of students and academics of higher education institutions in using these technologies to support learning in both formal and informal domains. Firstly, findings from a literature review exploring educational benefits of digital technologies are outlined. Secondly, results of a small scale empirical study investigating students’ and teachers’ experiences with using these tools to support learning are discussed. Based on the literature review and the data, a range of barriers to integration of these technologies within higher education are synthesised. Finally, a set of recommendations to addressing these barriers are proposed.

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