Technology ownership, usage and expectations of Business School freshmen: Evidence from an Irish university
Alexopoulos, Angelos and Gorman, Louise and Lynn, Theo and Brewer, Laura and DiGangi, Samuel and Jammasch-Pennell, Angel (2009) Technology ownership, usage and expectations of Business School freshmen: Evidence from an Irish university. LInK Working Paper Series. (Paper No. 04-09). The Learning, Innovation and Knowledge Research Centre, Dublin City University, Ireland.
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Based on survey data from 374 incoming, first-year undergraduates of an Irish university business school, this study examines student ownership, usage and expectations of information and communications technology (ICT) and how these are influenced by student characteristics, such as gender, nationality, socioeconomic background, place of residence, and prior levels of ICT experience. Results indicate significant differences in technology ownership and usage attributed to gender, nationality, socioeconomic background, and place of residence. Additional differences
in expectations of ICT-enabled learning activities related to student pre-entry ICT experience are also found. The findings present business schools with challenges and
opportunities in addressing the technology needs of a diverse body of netgeners by developing infrastructure and learning strategies that match these needs with their
wider experience and expectations of ICT.
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