Tales from the Lands of Digital Natives - A Journey to Neverland

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Abstract

Within educational research it is becoming relatively well-established that the notions of digital natives or the net generation are problematic. We need to move beyond these broad generational terms to gain a deeper understanding of the students coming to Higher Education. This is important if we want to make considered and grounded choices in relation to developing networked learning. Rather than basing our expectations and designs in flawed assumptions about students' digital readiness or broad concepts about generational traits, we need to develop a more nuanced understanding of students' attitudes and ideas about technology. In this paper we provide a first reading and analysis of 130 blog posts produced by first semester students. We discuss central themes emerging from our reading, such as ambivalence and diversity in the students' feelings and attitudes towards networked technologies. We ask what characterises these young university students, and conclude by discussing the wider implications for networked learning.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Networked Learning 2012
EditorsVivien Hodgson, Chris Jones, Maarten de Laat, David McConnell, Thomas Ryberg, Peter Sloep
PublisherLancaster University
Publication date18 Apr 2012
Pages543-550
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-86220-283-2
Publication statusPublished - 18 Apr 2012
EventThe Eight International Conference on Networked Learning - Maastricht, Netherlands
Duration: 2 Apr 20124 Apr 2012
Conference number: 8

Conference

ConferenceThe Eight International Conference on Networked Learning
Number8
Country/TerritoryNetherlands
CityMaastricht
Period02/04/201204/04/2012

Keywords

  • Networked Learning
  • digital natives debate
  • diversity
  • Ambivalence

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