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Experience and beliefs of technology users at an Australian university: Keys to maximising e-learning potential


Kregor, G and Breslin, M and Fountain, W, Experience and beliefs of technology users at an Australian university: Keys to maximising e-learning potential, Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 28, (8) pp. 1382-1404. ISSN 1449-5554 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.14742/ajet.777


This article reports on a survey of more than 2,300 students and 250 staff members conducted at the University of Tasmania as part of a wider review of e-learning practice, demand and capacity which aims to improve planning, decision-making and the quality of the online experience of students and staff. Data was collected on access to technology, technology usage patterns, and experiences with technology at university. Respondents were also asked for comments on their experiences. Results from the quantitative component are in line with findings from similar recent surveys: high penetration of laptops, wide access to broadband Internet at home, and usage patterns concentrated strongly around common web activities. Differences in usage profiles of some applications can be explained by the difference in lifestyles of students and staff. The two cohorts also exhibit different attitudes towards technology as a result of their different relationship with it in the context of their use of it at university. Many indicated pathways and solutions to imbalances in demand and supply are straightforward and pragmatic. Support of teaching staff is considered crucially important to advancing broader and more effective use of technology at the university.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Educational technology and computing
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Policies and development
UTAS Author:Kregor, G (Mr Gerry Kregor)
UTAS Author:Breslin, M (Dr Monique Breslin)
UTAS Author:Fountain, W (Dr Wendy Fountain)
ID Code:83108
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:20
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Learning & Teaching
Deposited On:2013-03-01
Last Modified:2014-11-25

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