Dolch, Carina and Zawacki-Richter, Olaf (2018) Are students getting used to Learning Technology? Changing media usage patterns of traditional and non-traditional students in higher education. Research in learning technology, 26. pp. 1-17. ISSN 2156-7077

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In 2012 (N = 2339) and 2015 (N = 1327), a longitudinal analysis was carried out to investigate changes in the media usage patterns of German higher education (HE) students, with a special emphasis on differences between traditional students (TS) and non-traditional students (NTS). Based on an online questionnaire, the students provided information about the digital devices they own or have access to, on the frequency of use as well as perceived value of digital media, e-learning tools and services for their learning in HE. The presented results indicate implications for the instructional design of teaching and learning in HE. In general, the findings show a shift towards using mobile devices. Unexpectedly, the frequency of media usage is slightly, but significantly, decreasing from 2012 to 2015. Furthermore, the results are discussed based on a media usage typology that distinguishes between entertainment users, peripheral users, advanced users and instrumental users. NTS are over-represented in the group of instrumental users who tend to apply e-learning tools a lot. Moreover, NTS state a higher demand for digital teaching and learning formats than TS.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: media usage patterns; media usage typology; non-traditional students;instructional design; media selection
Subjects: Social sciences > Education
Divisions: School of Educational and Social Sciences > Department of Educational Sciences
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2019 09:49
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2019 09:49
URN: urn:nbn:de:gbv:715-oops-40569
DOI: 10.25304/rlt.v26.2038

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