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Exploring the Use of Digital Technologies and Devices in Student Learning

Alan Donnelly, Dr Helen Kay, Dr Luke Desforges, Professor Guy Merchant & Judit Garcia-Martin.
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Parallel session 1, Short Paper 1.8


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Short Abstract

This paper will provide an overview of the main findings of Sheffield Hallam’s Digital Technologies Survey. It will explore students’ use of digital technologies; their views, confidence and expectations of using them for their academic studies; and their access to, and use of, mobile devices and computers.

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Detailed Outline
Digital technologies and web 2.0 tools refer to web-based technologies which promote “personal publishing, ease of use, interactivity, collaboration, sharing and customisation” (Cochrane, 2006, p. 144). These technologies include blogs, wikis, video tools, social networking services and multimedia sharing tools. Studies in Australia and the United States have found that university students commonly own and use mobile devices to access digital technologies (Oblinger & Oblinger, 2005; Oliver & Goerke, 2007; Martin & Ertzberger, 2013) and technologies are increasingly being used to support and enhance learning.

The University’s strategy to 2020 outlined the importance of digital resources and technologies to support students’ academic, professional and social development. The strategy recognises the need to “capitalise on new and emerging technologies that help to deliver high quality teaching, research and operations” by “focusing on user needs”.

This paper will share the key findings of Sheffield Hallam’s Digital Technologies Survey, which was sent to new undergraduate and postgraduate students between October and November 2014. The purpose of the survey was to explore the digital technologies and devices that students use to support their learning. This paper will examine students’ use of digital technologies; their views, confidence and expectations of using digital technologies for their academic studies; and their access to, and use of, mobile devices and computers. The study was undertaken in collaboration with the University of Leon, Spain.

2012 Use of oral viva examination to promote employability and relevancy in assessment

Trevor Simper

I have delivered an oral viva exam as part of a final year course and also compared a ‘traditional’ written exam with the oral viva by interviewing 14 students who have taken the oral viva exam. The assessment forms part the final year work for an undergraduate award in nutrition in SBS. 

The findings from my interviews suggest that this kind of exam has a great deal of ‘relevancy’ to the students and that it compares well with what they intend doing in employment. This second point around employment also seems to connect with the students feeling of ‘reality’ in relation to the viva- in short that they feel it is both more relevant and real. 

Presentation of the results from my interviews might help to get discussion going around how the viva is run, how much time it takes, and the difficulties and relative benefits of using this approach to assessment. 

Here is a link to an associated paper I produced on oral viva in final year assessment: 

Click to presentation: Use of oral viva examination to promote employability and relevancy in assessment

C4 – (FU08, FU06, FU30, FU32) 14.20