The lived experience of learners' use of new media in distance teaching and learning

Andrews, Trish and Tynan, Belinda and James, Rosalind (2011) The lived experience of learners' use of new media in distance teaching and learning. On the Horizon, 19 (4). pp. 321-330. ISSN 1074-8121


Purpose: This paper aims to report on a recent study that investigated the distance learner's voice in relationship to their 'lived experiences' of the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs), including new media, for teaching and learning. The study reported on here sought to understand how distance learners are using new technology for teaching and learning in a world that increasingly uses and relies on these technologies.

Design/methodology/approach: This qualitative study took a phenomenological approach to investigating the students' experiences with ICTs. Participants were purposively selected to represent a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as a diverse range of distance learning experiences. A number of strategies for collecting the student voice were utilised, including the Day Experience Method (DEM), Charting the Week's Activities (CWA) and focus group discussions.

Findings: The study found that learners vary widely in their use of new media. However, there is emerging evidence that distance learners of all ages are beginning to appropriate new media to support a more mobile and connected learning experience.

Originality/value: These findings suggest that students' learning preferences are changing. This study provides the basis for further studies in this area and the need for institutions to consider how these changing preferences might be considered in relation to policy and practice in the provision of education for distance learners.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Distance and e-Learning Centre
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2012 01:56
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2014 00:52
Uncontrolled Keywords: learning methods; mobile learning; mobile technology; new media; social media; student experiences
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1108/10748121111179448

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