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What do Australian universities want in student ICT skills?


Price, J and Fluck, A and Pullen, D, What do Australian universities want in student ICT skills?, Conference Proceedings of the Australian Computers in Education Conference 2014, 30 September - 3 October 2014, Adelaide, South Australia, pp. 336-344. ISBN 978-0-646-92095-5 (2014) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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This paper reports on a study that sought to identify the information and communications technology (ICT) used daily in Australia higher education institutions (HEI). Four hundred and one educators from fourteen Australian universities ranked the importance of sixty-two ubiquitous and emerging hardware, software and online applications to determine what student ICT skills were necessary to successfully complete their particular curricula. These sixty-two skills were apportioned according to their common usage and divided into ten categories: communications & email; content management systems (CMS); database management; graphics; hardware; interactivities; multimedia presentations; research; spreadsheets; and, word processing. This paper presents quantitative data collected on the use of these ten categories across the faculties of Arts, Business & Commerce, Education, Health Science, Library & Research, Social Science and Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). The study revealed that students need advanced ICT skills in seven of the ten categories to successfully engage in university studies. Keywords: ICT skills, International Students, Foreign Students, Australian Higher Education

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Teaching and instruction technologies
UTAS Author:Price, J (Ms Janet Price)
UTAS Author:Fluck, A (Associate Professor Andrew Fluck)
UTAS Author:Pullen, D (Dr Darren Pullen)
ID Code:96164
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2014-10-22
Last Modified:2018-03-19

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