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Students’ use of technologies to support formal and informal learning PROCEEDINGS

, Glasgow Caledonian University, United Kingdom ; , University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom ; , , Glasgow Caledonian University, United Kingdom

World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications, in Vienna, Austria ISBN 978-1-880094-65-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

This paper outlines a study investigating the educational potential of emergent social technologies and current practices of students and academics of higher education institutions in using these technologies to support learning in both formal and informal domains. Firstly, findings from a literature review exploring educational benefits of digital technologies are outlined. Secondly, results of a small scale empirical study investigating students’ and teachers’ experiences with using these tools to support learning are discussed. Based on the literature review and the data, a range of barriers to integration of these technologies within higher education are synthesised. Finally, a set of recommendations to addressing these barriers are proposed.

Citation

Margaryan, A., Nicol, D., Littlejohn, A. & Trinder, K. (2008). Students’ use of technologies to support formal and informal learning. In J. Luca & E. Weippl (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2008 (pp. 4257-4266). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

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