Ubiquitous technology-does the e-learning environment match student expectations?

Amanda Jefferies, Diana Kornbrot, Nuz Quadri

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    Abstract

    As an increasing number of universities globally embrace e.learning technologies with their use of virtual and managed learning environments (VLEs and MLEs) the authors review student expectations about the use of technology in HEIs. The authors' own institution was one of the first to adopt a university wide MLE in 2001, with on-line access to all staff and students via a personalised portal and it has embraced the use of technology to support a 'blended learning' approach to Higher Education. The authors describe the process and the results from a major survey of new undergraduate and post graduate students at their UK University carried out since October 2005. They consider whether new students are now so familiar with technology to the point that it has become 'ubiquitous' and thus an inseparable part of their daily life, for study and leisure. Students were asked about the frequency of use of common technologies such as email, internet use and mobile phone texting. This was predictably high across all age groups. Their anticipation of regularly using appropriate technology in their studies was also high. However in contrast they largely stated a preference for a more traditional face to face approach within the teaching environment, in spite of the easy access to an on-line MLE. The authors discuss the results of the survey and some of the questions which this apparent dichotomy raises for those who design and implement e. learning in the wider HE context.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationICEL 2006 - International Conference on e-Learning
    EditorsDan Remenyi
    PublisherAcademic Conferences International (ACI)
    Pages217-224
    Number of pages8
    Volume2006-January
    ISBN (Electronic)1905305222
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2006
    Event1st International Conference on e-Learning, ICEL 2006 - Montreal, Canada
    Duration: 22 Jun 200623 Jun 2006

    Conference

    Conference1st International Conference on e-Learning, ICEL 2006
    Country/TerritoryCanada
    CityMontreal
    Period22/06/0623/06/06

    Keywords

    • Blended learning
    • E-learning
    • Higher education
    • Student expectation
    • Ubiquitous technology

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