Australian first year university students' engagement with information and communication technologies
The purpose of this study was to explore first year students' attitudes and competency in the use of ICT and their levels of usage and self-reported benefits of using technology as part of their university experience. Responses to an online survey revealed that student attitudes towards ICT were positive and competency in use of common software tools was high. The frequency of use of email to contact peers and academic staff and access of course websites correlated with the subsequent perceived learning benefits. Thus technology is mediating key elements of student engagement. There were significant differences in patterns of usage of ICT on the basis of gender and country of birth that underpinned disciplinary differences in usage.
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