Leaps and bounds or a technological divide: One year on

Fourie, Elna and Page, Debbie (2012) Leaps and bounds or a technological divide: One year on. In: 24th Annual NZCA (New Zealand Communication Association) Conference: Divergence, 26-27 November, 2012, Hamilton, New Zealand.

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This research is a continuation of the research that we started in 2011. What prompted the research in 2011 was our concern with students' competence with computers. Our research aimed to discover what technological skills students had when they started at Wintec. We wanted to know what knowledge they had with regard to computer hardware and software, what expectations they had regarding their use of technology at Wintec in their studies, and where they learned this information. Our findings showed that students were not very well informed about their need to use computer technology at Wintec before they arrived. 50% of males and 41% of females were informed at their initial interview, with the remainder finding out at induction or through their course handouts. While training to use Moodle was made available to all first year students, 75% of males attended but only 36% of females, with the remainder deeming it ‘not necessary’. Of those who attended, most rated it 3 out of 5 and below. The comments that we received in our surveys indicated that students needed to be better informed about technology, so now that we have surveyed students for a second year, we will be able to ascertain how they can be better informed about their use of technology. We think this research is worthwhile because it will identify the gaps that students (and staff) of Wintec need to be aware of that could be addressed in order for students to make an easy transition to study. We intend to conduct this research every year, as technology becomes more divergent. We are interested to learn if students become more technology-savvy each year, and if the channels and modes of communicating to them change over time.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
Subjects:L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
Divisions:Schools > School of Media Arts
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