Digital Technology as Affordance and Barrier in Higher by Maura A. Smale, Mariana Regalado

By Maura A. Smale, Mariana Regalado

This ebook explores students’ lived studies of utilizing electronic applied sciences for his or her educational paintings. entry to and use of electronic applied sciences is an necessary point of upper schooling within the twenty-first century. besides the fact that, regardless of the tech-savvy snapshot of them propagated through the media, no longer all students personal and use expertise to an analogous quantity. to make sure that scholars have the easiest possibilities for fulfillment, all in larger schooling needs to contemplate how one can bring up affordances and decrease boundaries in pupil know-how use. This booklet explicitly examines city commuter scholars’ use of electronic applied sciences for tutorial paintings, off and on campus.

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3. 2. Netbooks are subcompact laptops designed to be used primarily with internet-based applications and data; Google’s Chromebook is a similar product that is widely available at the time of writing. 3. Geek Squad is a popular US computer repair service at the time of writing. 38 DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY AS AFFORDANCE AND BARRIER IN HIGHER EDUCATION REFERENCES Anderson, Monica. 2015. Technology Device Ownership: 2015. Washington, DC: Pew Research Center. org/2015/10/29/technol ogy-device-ownership-2015/.

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Some students told us that their laptop was too outdated to be of much use for their schoolwork or that it was broken, again similar to discussions about desktop computers. Over half of the students who told us that they owned or had access to a laptop also told us they left it at home at all times, revealing a small but persistent set of barriers to bringing a laptop to campus that literally outweighed the potential benefits for these students. The largest barrier that students noted to using their laptops as truly mobile devices is their weight, paradoxically making some laptops less than truly portable.

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