Techno-literacy and blogging within a formal higher education setting

Arenas, Edilson and Lynch, Julianne 2015, Techno-literacy and blogging within a formal higher education setting, International journal on e-learning, vol. 14, no. 4, pp. 409-422.

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Title Techno-literacy and blogging within a formal higher education setting
Author(s) Arenas, Edilson
Lynch, JulianneORCID iD for Lynch, Julianne
Journal name International journal on e-learning
Volume number 14
Issue number 4
Start page 409
End page 422
Total pages 14
Publisher Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education
Place of publication Chesapeake, Va.
Publication date 2015
Keyword(s) Higher Education
Online learning
Educational technology
Summary For the last two decades, higher education institutions have been actively engaged in the use of online technologies with the aim of transforming the ways we teach and learn to improve students’ learning experiences and outcomes. However, despite significant investment in infrastructure and training and a wide-scale uptake of such technologies, the promised transformative effect on student learning is yet to be actualised outside of small pockets of innovation. In this paper, we argue that one of the factors contributing to lack of qualitative large-scale transformation is students’ lack of preparedness and experience in using online tools for academic purposes. Focusing on students’ experience of a learning activity that used blogging to promote critical thinking and reflection, we draw on data from a doctoral study to demonstrate how a techno-literacy framework can be used to analyse the nuances of students’ preparedness to put such technologies to work within a formal higher education setting. We argue that, although contemporary university students are largely operationally literate when using online learning tools, they often lack the cultural and critical skills required to use such technologies in a meaningful way to support powerful learning. We argue that, for online learning technologies to transform learning, students need to be supported to develop these higher order techno-literacies.
Language eng
Field of Research 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
Socio Economic Objective 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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