Digital Literacy among University Students: a pilot study

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This pdf file contains the 2011 data set from our Web 2.0 and digital literacy research project at Leicester. Please email pe27@le.ac.uk if you would like to receive a copy of the questionnaire used for this research.

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  • 1. Digital literacy among university students: a pilot study Results from questionnaire data N = 49 Palitha Edirisingha, Tracy Simmons and Dimitrinka Atanasova University of LeicesterWednesday, 27 April 2011
  • 2. Objectives To identify HE students access to and the use of digital technologies and web 2.0 tools for their formal and informal learning in HE To identify their level of web literacy, awareness, and skills in the use of online information for learning To develop strategies for addressing skill gaps in web literacy To make recommendations for supporting students to further develop their competencies with online information.Wednesday, 27 April 2011
  • 3. Methodology Questionnaire surveys of 100 undergraduate and postgraduate students to identify their ownership of and use of digital devices and web 2.0 tools Focus groups (4) with students (3 4 in each group) to gain a deeper insight into their use of web 2.0 tools in a learning context Workshops with students to develop and validate appropriate online activities and learning tools to improve their level of web awareness and literacy.Wednesday, 27 April 2011
  • 4. Initial perspectives Students use a range of digital devices to access and organise information and plan their studies - laptops, iPhones, MP3 players, e-readers. Students familiarity and preference for the use of web 2.0 tools and digital devices is diverse, reecting the international and other aspects of their demographic prole. Students engage in a participatory culture (Jenkins et al, 2006) - reading and contributing to book recommendation sites.Wednesday, 27 April 2011
  • 5. Initial perspectives Web 2.0 tools and digital devices enable students to plan their study activities, seamlessly, both in virtual and physical spaces, involving input from their teachers and non-formal study groups. Students maintain their established virtual structures and online afnity groups (Francis, 2010) from their geographical area of origin (national and overseas). These serve as informal sources of support for studies. University teachers and books are no longer the gate keepers of what is deemed expert information.Wednesday, 27 April 2011
  • 6. Ownership of computer and other digital devices (% reporting) Chart 1 Desktop computer 25 Laptop/netbook computer 98 Smartphone 76Phone wout internet capability 37 Digital camera (separate) 86 MP3 player 88 Tablet computer, e.g. iPad 8 e-readers (Amazon Kindle) 4 Gaming device 16 Other 18 0 20 40 60 80 100Wednesday, 27 April 2011
  • 7. Three most important devices for your studies / study-realted activities Chart 3 Lapotop 80 Smartphone 43 MP3 player 20 0 20 40 60 80Wednesday, 27 April 2011
  • 8. Daily computer use Daily computer use Less than one hour 2% 1-3 hours 10% More than 8 hours 20% 6-8 hours 22% 3-6 hours 45% Less than one hour 1-3 hours 3-6 hours 6-8 hours More than 8 hoursWednesday, 27 April 2011
  • 9. How many e-mail accounts (non university) do you have? Chart 9 20 19 15 No reporting 10 10 8 5 4 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 No of email accountsWednesday, 27 April 2011
  • 10. Chart 4 University computers 82 Own computer (laptop) 100 Mobile phone 55 iPod Touch 16 0 25 50 75 100 Locations and the devices used to access internet during term-timeWednesday, 27 April 2011
  • 11. Locations where you use computers during term-time Term-time accommodation 94 University library 96 Lecture / seminar rooms 20 Computer rooms in the university 65 Office, workplace 10 Cafes at the University 29 Cafes elsewhere 12 At friends, relatives 29 On the move (trains) 18 Other places 10 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 10Wednesday, 27 April 2011
  • 12. Top three locations for computer use during term time 65% Term-time accommodation 57% 27% University library University computer roomsWednesday, 27 April 2011
  • 13. Loss of digital les / data in the past year due to the following reasons Chart 33 80 70 14 60 35 50 40 61 63 30 57 20 35 10 8 6 0 Hard drive failed Computer stolen Storage device lost OtherWednesday, 27 April 2011
  • 14. Methods and tools used for studiesWednesday, 27 April 2011
  • 15. Frequency of using different resources Borrow books from the library 4 18 78 Photocopy journal articles 39 43 18 Download and print web-based journals 12 55 33 Download online journals to the computer 6 33 61 Browse web pages for information 0 20 80 Purchase books from bookshops 63 35 2 Purchase books online 47 49 4 0 20 40 60 80 100 Rarely/never Sometimes Always/nearly alwaysWednesday, 27 April 2011
  • 16. When you search for books and articles, how often do you use the following methods? When you search for books and articles, how often do you use the following methods? Ask a librarian 59 29 10 Ask friends and peers 43 45 12 Examine bibliographies of publications 18 49 31 Search databases from the library website 2 8 90 Search using other bibliographic search tools 53 22 20 Use search engines (e.g. Google) 0 22 78 Search using keywords on Google Scholar 4 31 63 Search using Amazon 49 35 14 Find references from special interest websites 53 35 6 0 25 50 75 100 rarely/never Sometimes Always/nearly alwaysWednesday, 27 April 2011
  • 17. Chart 21 Update my social network site(s) (e.g. Facebook) 8 29 25 37 Watch Television programmes (e.g. BBC iPlayer) 20 35 31 14 Listen to radio programmes on the computer/mobile phone 31 47 16 6 Contribute to blogs 47 27 18 6 Use social bookmarking sites (e.g. Delicious) 69 20 4 Frequency of doing these activities Contribute to wikis 65 25 8 Play video games 59 33 4 4 Download/share music 8 37 33 22...