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Students make a plan: ICT access and social and academic uses in higher education

Brown, Cheryl; Czerniewicz, Laura; Lee Pan, Samantha; Moyo, Alfred

Abstract:

This paper reports on the findings of ICT access issues and social and academic uses in higher education, undertaken as part of a study in 2007 in three dissimilar South African higher education contexts. This diversity provided insight into a highly differentiated student body, varied contexts, different infrastructures and historically distinct backgrounds, thus providing a rich data set. The study focused on forms of “thick” access including both computers and cell phones. Access to the Internet via cell phones proved unexpectedly high, and was undifferentiated across socio-economic background. Findings challenge a staged model to ICT access and use suggesting that take up and use are complex, with students proving enterprising in meeting their educational needs, satisfying their curiosity and finding ways to participate in the “information age” even in difficult environments.

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Title of Paper: Students make a plan: ICT access and social and academic uses in higher education
Conference Name: Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Networked Learning
Conference Date: 0000-00-00
Published as Proceedings: yes


Date:2008
Document Type:Conference Paper (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Teaching and Learning
Country:South Africa
Keywords:ICT (Information & Communication Technology), Internet, Access, Higher Education Institutions HEI s, South Africa


File Size:729 KB
Rights:Self-archived
Date Added:12 February 2009


Brown, Cheryl; Czerniewicz, Laura; Lee Pan, Samantha; Moyo, Alfred (2008). Students make a plan: ICT access and social and academic uses in higher education Paper presented at the 6th International Conference on Networked Learning