Digital apprehension and first year university students

Smith, Heather and Quinn, Andrea and Kelly, Nick (2015) Digital apprehension and first year university students. In: E-Learn 2015: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2015, 19-22 Oct 2015, Kona, Hawaii, United States.

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The mere presence of global connections create the need for higher education to be internationally competitive—economically, culturally, and academically. The ‘latest’ digital tools can be heralded from the ‘best’ institutions enticing local and international students to come to their particular university. However, with the combination of global connection, the diversity of the contemporary university population, and technology, a new concern is appearing. While learning technologies are being increasingly utilised in the delivery of university programs, students may not use the technology to the full advantage. The aim of this study was to identify and characterise Digital Apprehension among first year university students (N = 30). This was achieved by thematic analyses of data gathered from focus group interviews, and development of a 12-item questionnaire. Findings revealed that one in three first year university students were frustrated with the learning technology.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2015 04:25
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2017 04:23
Uncontrolled Keywords: digital apprehension; tertiary students; university students; higher education; technology
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150311 Organisational Behaviour
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150302 Business Information Systems
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930199 Learner and Learning not elsewhere classified
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences

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