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Ask the audience: The role of technology in students' university education

, Carleton University , Canada

Carleton University . Awarded


Digital technologies are unavoidable features of daily life. As a result, theorists have suggested the omnipresence of digital technologies has profoundly influenced the lives of youth to the point where they can be defined by their use of digital technologies. The terms used to define youth include "digital natives" (Prensky 2001a), and the "net generation" (Tapscott 1998). These theorists further argue that the education system is unequipped to meet the needs of students, and both teaching practices and content need to be adapted for the digital age. The current research interrogates this characterization of youth by asking the question: does the characterization of youth as digital natives apply to young peoples' expectations and experience of education? A mixed methods approach is used to collect data from surveys, interviews, and observations. The research findings suggest that students demonstrate a complex relationship with digital technology, especially in regards to their classroom experiences.


Murphy, E.L. Ask the audience: The role of technology in students' university education. Master's thesis, Carleton University. Retrieved September 19, 2020 from .

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