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Net generation distance learners and patterns of their digital technology use

Ramanau, R, Hosein, A and Jones, C (2011) Net generation distance learners and patterns of their digital technology use Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference e-Learning 2011, Part of the IADIS Multi Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems 2011, MCCSIS 2011, 1. pp. 21-27.

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This paper reports on the results of a two-year study carried out in five different universities in the UK on different facets of learner experiences of digital technology use. Two self-completion surveys were administered- one in the beginning and another one towards the end of the academic year. The results showed that distance learners aged 25 years of age and younger were a distinct demographic group, in so far as they displayed some characteristics and behaviours typical of students of the same age group, but studying in a place-based university, while in terms of other characteristics they were more akin to older distance learners. The differences between distance learners of different age groups were fewer towards the end of the year, which stresses the impact of university experience in analyzing student learning. Limitations of the study and its implications are considered in the light of their likely significance for research and practice in the field. © 2011 IADIS.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Department of Higher Education
Authors :
Ramanau, R
Hosein, A
Jones, C
Date : 2011
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Additional Information : This is a reprint from a paper published in the Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference EL 2011
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 08 Nov 2013 16:01
Last Modified : 09 Jun 2014 13:45

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