Are digital natives a myth or reality? University students’ use of digital technologies

Anoush Margaryan, Allison Littlejohn, Gabrielle Vojt

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    This study investigated the extent and nature of university students' use of digital technologies for learning and socialising. The findings show that students use a limited range of mainly established technologies. Use of collaborative knowledge creation tools, virtual worlds, and social networking sites was low. 'Digital natives' and students of a technical discipline (Engineering) used more technology tools when compared to 'digital immigrants' and students of a non-technical discipline (Social Work). This relationship may be mediated by the finding that Engineering courses required more intensive and extensive access to technology than Social Work courses. However, the use of technology between these groups is only quantitatively rather than qualitatively different.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)429-440
    Number of pages12
    JournalComputers and Education
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2011



    • socialising
    • learning
    • university students
    • digital technologies
    • education

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