Exploring students' uses of and dispositions towards learning technologies in an Australian enabling course

Morgan, Rhian (2018) Exploring students' uses of and dispositions towards learning technologies in an Australian enabling course. Student Success, 9 (1). pp. 35-46.

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University progression is increasingly dependent upon students developing a range of digital literacies in conjunction with the skills associated with their disciplines. University enabling and pathway programs, in particular, have a key part to play in supporting students to interact with technologies for learning. Widening participation and increased student diversity result in highly variable levels of digital literacy in the classroom. As such, universities need to develop strategies to effectively respond to the differing abilities of students entering the sector. This paper contributes to the development of such responses through a case study exploring students' use of and dispositions towards technologies in an open access enabling course. In this context 'open access' refers to the course admission requirements and the fact that the course enrollments are open to anyone over the age of eighteen, regardless of their prior schooling experience. The paper identifies trends in students' uses of technology, such as preferences for mobile content and blended learning environments, before concluding with a discussion of how these findings can be mobilised in curriculum development.

Item ID: 52909
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2205-0795
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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. As an open access journal, articles are free to use, with proper attribution, in educational and other non-commercial settings.

Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2018 03:33
FoR Codes: 39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390405 Educational technology and computing @ 75%
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education @ 25%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930102 Learner and Learning Processes @ 40%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies @ 60%
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