Digital Apprehension and First Year University Students.

ID: 47494 Type: Full Paper
  1. Heather Smith, University of Southern Queensland, Australia
  2. Andrea Quinn, Baypsych Consultants in Cleveland, Australia
  3. Nick Kelly, University of Southern Queensland, Australia

Thursday, October 22 10:00-10:30 AM Location: Paniolo II View on map

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Abstract: The mere presence of global connections create the need for higher education to be internationally competitive—economically, culturally, and academically. The ‘latest’ digital tools can be heralded from the ‘best’ institutions enticing local and international students to come to their particular university. However, with the combination of global connection, the diversity of the contemporary university population, and technology, a new concern is appearing. While learning technologies are being increasingly utilised in the delivery of university programs, students may not use the technology to the full advantage. The aim of this study was to identify and characterise Digital Apprehension among first year university students (N = 30). This was achieved by thematic analyses of data gathered from focus group interviews, and development of a 12-item questionnaire. Findings revealed that one in three first year university students were frustrated with the learning technology.

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