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Computer and IT skills of Australian first-year university undergraduate students

Lim, Kieran and Kendle, Amanda 2002, Computer and IT skills of Australian first-year university undergraduate students, Chemical education journal, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 1-23.

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Title Computer and IT skills of Australian first-year university undergraduate students
Author(s) Lim, Kieran
Kendle, Amanda
Journal name Chemical education journal
Volume number 5
Issue number 2
Start page 1
End page 23
Publisher Society of Computer Chemistry
Place of publication Japan
Publication date 2002-03
ISSN 1344-7963
Keyword(s) chemical education research
teaching/learning aids
computers in chemistry
IT literacy
Summary The use of computers and information technology is becoming more widespread in chemical education and in the wider community and workforce. Universities are increasing the use of computers and information technology in their teaching and learning programs. The Australian situation, reported here, can be viewed as a microcosm, reflecting a world-wide trend.

The penetration of general IT literacy and ability amongst Australian undergraduate students is rising rapidly. This paper reports surveys of the detailed IT skills of Australian undergraduate students. To the best of our knowledge, apart from our own work, there have been no other published surveys of specific IT skills. Most students have some reasonable computer skills at the start of their university studies, but the level of skill is not uniformly high. In fact, many IT literate students lack a sufficient level of skill to use the new technologies, including full use of web-based flexible learning. There is an urgent need for IT training for university students in order to achieve successful learning outcomes using IT and to satisfy the needs of future employers.

This article, which is the second in a series (1) of investigations on the computer skills of undergraduate students at the start of university, is an expanded version of a paper presented at the World Chemistry Congress held in Brisbane (Australia) during 1-6 July 2001.
Language eng
Field of Research 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©Copyright 2002 Society of Computer Chemistry, Japan. This paper was published in “Kieran Lim, Chemical education journal., vol.5 no.2, p.1-23, 2002. The Internet address of the above Journal is as follows: http://chem.sci.utsunomiya-u.ac.jp/~cej/v5n2/kfl/2001_IT_skills_CEJ.pdf
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