Enabling a positive first year experience in higher education through social media and mobile technologies

Nykvist, Shaun, Mukherjee, Michelle, & McGraw, Kelli (2014) Enabling a positive first year experience in higher education through social media and mobile technologies. In Liu, C.-C., Ogata, Hiroaki, Kong, Siu Cheung, & Kashihara, Akihiro (Eds.) Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Computers in Education (ICCE 2014), Asia-Pacific Society for Computers in Education, Nara, Japan, pp. 516-521.

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The first year experience for students within Higher Education institutions has become increasingly important as these institutions strive to improve student retention rates. With many universities also focusing on transforming teaching and learning in an effort to attract and retain students, there is a growing demand to understand and respond to individual student requirements, such as the need to feel a sense of belonging. The literature identifies a sense of belonging as being paramount to a students satisfaction with the institution and it is within this context that this paper reports on a three year study of how first year pre-service education students use social media and mobile technologies in their personal lives and their formal education. More specifically, the study identifies trends in the use of these technologies and the growing need for students to use digital media sharing tools to connect and engage with their peers. The paper contrasts the differences in use between these groups as it seeks to identify the role these technologies can play in their teaching and learning, as well as in promoting an overall positive first year experience.

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ID Code: 79621
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Social Media Technology, First Year Experience, Sense of Belonging, Higher Education, Mobile Technologies, Pre-Service Education, Connected Technologies, HERN
ISBN: 9784990801410
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Asia-Pacific Society for Computers in Education
Deposited On: 23 Dec 2014 02:27
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2015 05:29

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