Surfing or diving? An exploration of student's practices and attitudes towards technology for learning

Dobele, A, Thomas, S and Elkins, M 2014, Surfing or diving? An exploration of student's practices and attitudes towards technology for learning, HERDSA, NSW, Australia


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Title of report Surfing or diving? An exploration of student's practices and attitudes towards technology for learning
Author(s) Dobele, A
Thomas, S
Elkins, M
Year of publication 2014
Publisher HERDSA
Place of publication NSW, Australia
ISBN 01571826
Subjects Education not elsewhere classified
Abstract/Summary In recent years Universities have committed significant resources to on-line and virtual environments to support student learning but with design and implementation coming largely from perpective of the institution or educator. With this in mind we ask the question "How are our students really using mobile and socialisation technologies in their learning?" This includes unpacking how they use learning management systems, blogs, wikis and social media sites. In the literature and anecdotally, there is evidence of a tension between the potential of social technologies to enhance student engagement and learning and negative associations with its use, including adverse impact on mental development and stimulation; and the pressure to remain connected and its probable distractions from study and work. A small pilot study based on in-depth interviews was conducted with a sample of 23 students, to investigate their use of social technology in their studies and whether they feel it was helping them in deep level learning ('diving') or leading only to shallow, surface learning ('surfing'). By inviting students to report and reflect on their technology-based, study-related activities we were able to learn something of whether certain practices are helping or hindering students in their course work.
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