An Exploration of the Use of ICTs by Students in a First Year University Course

Donna Carpenter,
John Dekkers
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The use of ICTs as a learning and teaching tool has now become widely used throughout higher education. The Learning Environment Questionnaire (LEQ) was developed to identify the types of learning environments and resources students use for study. This paper reports the results obtained using the LEQ to determine the level and the extent of ICT usage by first year university students.

Keywords: ICTs, Online resources
Stream: Technology in Education
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: Use of Information and Communication Technology by Students at Undergraduate Level

Donna Carpenter

Associate Lecturer, School of Information Technology, Faculty of Informatics and Communication, Central Queensland University

Donna Carpenter is an Associate Lecturer and Coordinator/Developer for the course Systems Analysis and Design in the Faculty of Informatics and Communication. She is currently nearing completion of her Master of Informatics (Information Systems) degree at CQU. She currently holds a Bachelor of Business (Information Systems), a Graduate Diploma in Vocational Education and Training and a Diploma in Training and Assessment Systems. Her research interests include student learning environments, student learning styles and the computer competency of first year tertiary students.

John Dekkers

Emeritus Professor, Faculty of Informatics and Communication, Central Queensland University

Emeritus Professor John Dekkers has been a research professor in the Faculty of Informatics and Communication since 1998 currently supervising a number of postgraduate students, and is the coordinator of the postgraduate course Research Methods. Prior to joining the Faculty he was Professor and Head of the Distance Education Centre at CQU from 1990 and from 1983 to 1990 he was Head of Division of External and Continuing Education. From 1976 – 1982 he was the Foundation Head, Science and Mathematics Education Centre. He was directly associated with the introduction of email, video conferencing, audio conferencing for distance education students and also the establishment of the Queensland Open Learning Network. He has a Bachelors and Masters degree in Chemistry and completed a PhD in Bioinorganic Chemistry at the Australian National University. Through his 40 years career in education he has authored/co authored over 300 publications.

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