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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.

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.

221 – Creating a Collegiate Environment using Facebook – Anne Nortcliffe, Matthew Carpenter, Bzhar Hazhar, Bradley Jackson, Jake Ledger, Sherin Rajan

Social networking tools allow both students and their tutors to maintain unobtrusive and efficient relationships whilst fostering collegiality. There has been a rapid growth in students’ use of social networking tools in general and this has inevitably led to their particular use in establishing their sense of belonging and course identity. Social networking tools have also provided students with ways of fostering a sense of collective self-esteem (Gangadharbatla, 2008). Arguably, it can be easier to develop and maintain a social network online than in real life (Ahn el, 2007). First year Computer and Network Engineering students and their course leader will provide their personal reflections of using Facebook to develop and manage their course relationship.

221 Anne Nortcliffe LTA SHU Facebook v1

172 – What is is that makes today’s student induction so different so appealing? – Hilary Cunliffe-Charlesworth, Christopher Hall, Keith Radley

Using social media to support arrival and integration into Higher Education could be innovative or pointless, but as part of a blended experience there are some useful ideas. This poster describes the use of mobile phones and ipads in experiencing the use of geo-social networking. It demonstrates how students are introduced to each other and the university environment and processes. The poster reflects on what makes the transition into university a positive experience and how students can successfully integrate into the new cohort or join an existing group.

172 JustWhatisitthat