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|Title:||Student uses of technology in learning: two lenses|
|Author(s):||Margot McNeill, (Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia), Ming Ming Diao, (Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia), Maree Gosper, (Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia)|
|Citation:||Margot McNeill, Ming Ming Diao, Maree Gosper, (2011) "Student uses of technology in learning: two lenses", Interactive Technology and Smart Education, Vol. 8 Iss: 1, pp.5 - 17|
|Keywords:||Education, Ethnography, Information technology, Learning, Students|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/17415651111125478 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – In their 2007 article, “Miranda in the brave new world: learning in a Web 2.0 millennium”, Barnes and Tynan tell the story of an imaginary British student who uses technology seamlessly to stay connected almost 24×7 with friends, peers and teachers in a global learning environment. Whether she is representative of the majority of university students is a topic of debate in the literature. This paper aims to explore how students use technologies in their everyday lives, whether on- or off-campus, to support their learning.
Design/methodology/approach – There were two phases of the study; a photo ethnography to enable a detailed exploration of ten students' technology uses and then a university-wide survey in which 1,104 student responses were gathered.
Findings – The findings of both phases of the study suggest that students' use of technologies for their learning and in other facets of their lives is largely conservative, with a predominance of familiar and easy-to-use tools such as e-mail, text and mobile phone. For their learning, their preference is for tools to provide access, efficiency and connectedness.
Originality/value – This paper contributes to the development of a better understanding of student issues in the context of their overall IT experience at the university, suggesting a more holistic approach to designing technology infrastructure. There are also insights into the power of mixed methodologies in research, with significant parallels between the qualitative and quantitative results.