Dolch, Carina and Zawacki-Richter, Olaf and Bond, Melissa and Marín, Victoria I. (2021) Higher education students’ media usage: a longitudinal analysis. Asian journal of distance education, 16 (1). pp. 31-53. ISSN 1347 - 9008

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Responding to the lack of longitudinal analyses on media usage in higher education, this study explores the changes of higher education students’ access to and use of technology for learning in 2012, 2015 and 2018. Using an online questionnaire, a total of 5,572 German higher education students participated. Via descriptive and inferential analysis, the data show a clear trend towards using flexible, location-independent devices, accompanied by a rapid increase in the use of instant messaging. This is in line with an increasing demand for digital and flexible learning opportunities such as web-based training and lectures as podcasts or vodcasts, which is not met by higher education institutions. On that basis, improvements in development and application of these digital tools seem crucial for German higher education institutions and should be considered by educational technologists and decision makers. Of particular relevance against the background of the COVID-19 pandemic that started in Spring 2020, this longitudinal analysis provides a framework for the ongoing development and implementation of digital media in teaching and learning at higher education institutions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Distance education and online learning, user behavior, media selection, educational technology, higher education, longitudinal analysis
Subjects: Social sciences > Statistics
Social sciences > Education
Divisions: School of Educational and Social Sciences > Department of Educational Sciences
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2021 12:18
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2021 12:18
URN: urn:nbn:de:gbv:715-oops-50923

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