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ERIC Number: EJ1097142
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-May
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1941-3394
Student Perceived Importance and Correlations of Selected Computer Literacy Course Topics
Ciampa, Mark
Journal of Instructional Pedagogies, v11 May 2013
Traditional college-level courses designed to teach computer literacy are in a state of flux. Today's students have high rates of access to computing technology and computer ownership, leading many policy decision makers to conclude that students already are computer literate and thus computer literacy courses are dinosaurs in a modern digital age. As a result some schools have eliminated the course or only require students take a basic proficiency test to pass. Yet for those many schools for which computer literacy is still a required component, what topics should be included in this course to reach today's new students? In this study 479 students who had enrolled in a computer literacy course were asked at the beginning of the course their perceived importance of a variety of computer literacy topics. Students were also asked to rate themselves regarding their use and knowledge of technology, personal ownership of technology devices, gender, age, and employment status. These elements were then correlated with the perceived importance responses to determine if any associations exist that may bring to light a better understanding of today's students in order to craft a more relevant computer literacy course. The results of this study reveals that a high student interest exists in topics related to practical hands-on end-user computer security awareness, indicating that this topic should be considered as a key component in today's computer literacy course.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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