Some Attributes of 21st Century Learners in the Online Environment: The Digital Generation and Web 2.0
Robin Roberts, Neal Strudler, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-64-8 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
This study compares the online behaviors of recent undergraduate students with the online behaviors of older students and professionals in an effort to identify differences that might identify the emerging generation of 21st century students. Using grounded theory based on the hypothesis that the so-called "Digital Generation" tends to use Web 2.0 services more than prior generations, the authors surveyed pre-service students in two online classes and in-service teachers in a third online class and compared their self-reported online behaviors to ascertain whether a difference in those behaviors exists. The authors developed a preliminary taxonomy of online behaviors to facilitate the differentiation of the study subjects. This research is in-progress.
Roberts, R. & Strudler, N. (2008). Some Attributes of 21st Century Learners in the Online Environment: The Digital Generation and Web 2.0. In K. McFerrin, R. Weber, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2008--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2811-2813). Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).