ERIC Number: EJ1062666
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
Students' Everyday Engagement with Digital Technology in University: Exploring Patterns of Use and "Usefulness"
Henderson, Michael; Selwyn, Neil; Finger, Glenn; Aston, Rachel
Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, v37 n3 p308-319 2015
The much-discussed potential of "technology-enhanced learning" is not always apparent in the day-to-day use of digital technology throughout higher education. Against this background, the present paper considers the digital devices and resources that students engage most frequently with during their university studies, what these technologies are being used for, and perceptions of "usefulness" attached to these uses. The paper draws upon data gathered from a survey of undergraduate students (n = 1658) from two Australian universities. Having explored a variety of factors shaping student engagement with digital technology within these university settings, the paper considers how ongoing discussions about digital technology and higher education might better balance enthusiasms for the "state of the art" (i.e. what we know "might" be achieved through technology-enabled learning) with an acknowledgement of the "state of the actual" (i.e. the realities of technology use within contemporary university contexts).
Descriptors: Mass Media Use, Mass Media Effects, Higher Education, Undergraduate Students, Student Surveys, Performance Factors, Technology Uses in Education, Technology Integration, Use Studies, Relevance (Education), Educational Practices, Student Attitudes, Universities, Information Technology, Educational Resources, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia