When digital native meets analogue reality : a case study of ICT skills in first year university students

Gray, Matthew (2013) When digital native meets analogue reality : a case study of ICT skills in first year university students. In Annual Conference of the Portland International Center of Engineering and Technology 2013, 28 July-1 August 2013, Marriott Hotel, San Jose, CA.

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Abstract

Recently claims have been made that all universities will in coming decades merge to become just a few mega-institutions offering online degrees to the world. This assumes a degree of literacy with ICT (information and communication technology) amongst potential students, who are often regarded as 'digital natives'. Far from being digital natives, many students have considerable trouble using ICT beyond the ubiquitous Facebook. While some students are computer literate, a substantial proportion lack the skills to prosper under their own devices in an online tertiary education environment. For these students a blended learning experience is needed to develop skills to effectively interact in the virtual environment. This paper presents a case study that specifically examined the ICT capabilities of first-year university students enrolled in the School of Civil Engineering and the Built Environment at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Empirical data are presented and curriculum strategies articulated to develop ICT skills in university undergraduates.

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ID Code: 56515
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: ICT, HERN, urban development, digital natives
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Computer-Human Interaction (080602)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Matthew Gray
Deposited On: 17 Jan 2013 22:29
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2015 07:34

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