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Paper review: Student use of technologies for learning

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Student use of technologies for learning - what has changed since 2010?

Maree Gosper  Jo McKenzieJenny PizzicaJanne MalfroyKevin Ashford-Rowe

Authors Maree Gosper (Maquarie University), Jo McKenzie, Jenny Pizzica (UTS), Janne Malfroy, Kevin Ashford-Rowe (ACU)
Publication Proceedings of ASCILITE2014
Date 2014
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Another great paper to come out of the ASCILITE2014 conference was this gem, which compares Student Experience and Expectation of Technology (SEET) survey results from 2010 to a second instance in 2013. The survey measures student use of technologies in their learning as well as their social and work lives.

General findings of the study are that "Overall students are increasingly satisfied with their use of technologies" and that the LMS is still a key part of teaching at universities.

Results show an increase in student access to computing equipment, up from 87% to 96%. Use of mobile technologies has also increased from 53% to 82%, yet the most popular location for using these technologies is at home.

Students are using cloud storage as a means of collaboration (up 13%) and communicating with their peers more using video-conferencing (up 4%). The use of online library resources has increased (up 8%). There were also smaller increases in the use of other technologies, mostly Web-based services. MOOCs have not capture student attention.

Although MOOCs have attracted a lot of interest in the popular press and in Universities, there is very little awareness within the student body. Only 2% of participants have completed one or more... and 77% had not heard of them at all.

LMS functions are high in the list of technologies that students use regularly. These include course materials, announcements, recordings, unit outlines, discussion forums, progress tracking, quizzes, messaging, submitting assignments and accessing assignment feedback.

For those involved in the provisioning of educational technologies within higher education, this is a worthwhile read. The paper is attached to this post.

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Re: Paper review: Student use of technologies for learning

OK. Hi

At the risk of doing a Guillermo (nice chap by the way) off folks.

A number of things before then:

1. re: the paper here.  I suggest a focus on table 2.....with the question: why no difference in some of the comparative analysis-over five years?...and switch over? (see, I can be diplomatic-hard work -but can be done smile 

2. re from the paper: when interpreting the findings it is recommended that this is done through a lens of practical significance in relation to the size of the change and its implications for learning and teaching, rather than strict adherence to measures of statistical significance.  NOT VALID.....NO JUSTIFICATION WHY NOT VALID EITHER.....CAN'T GET THAT SORRY.

3.   Am hectic-busy and have projects-oppts and what-not.....but it may be that Martin and I will collaborate in the foreseeable future.

4. It was great hanging out around here....lots of nice peeps smile

Best Wishes & a cool yule to you all ,



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Re: Paper review: Student use of technologies for learning


Yes-the second Moodle MOOC is running presently...will have another squint at this paper in light of that.



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