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Is Your University Ready For the Ne(x)t-Generation?

, , Graz University of Technology, Austria

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Honolulu, HI, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-73-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


At Graz University of Technology (TU Graz) a survey about the hardware equipment and the Web2.0 skills among students of the first semester took place for the second time. This paper reflects the results of that two years evaluation. It answers the questions whether the net-generation already has arrived at universities or not and which consequences this fact has on the teaching and learning behaviors as well as infrastructural aspects of a university. Although young students are technologically increasingly well equipped they do not exhaust the potential of their devices or the potential of uncommon Web2.0 applications yet. Nevertheless the applications and communicational ways of a student’s average usage are signals not to be ignored by a university management. They not only indicate a dawning basic change of a typical student’s life but demand a rethinking of essential structural elements at universities right now.


Nagler, W. & Ebner, M. (2009). Is Your University Ready For the Ne(x)t-Generation?. In G. Siemens & C. Fulford (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2009--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 4344-4351). Honolulu, HI, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved May 29, 2023 from .


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