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Symposium 3: Networked learning, the Net Generation and Digital Natives

Networked learning, the Net Generation and Digital Natives Symposium Organiser: Chris Jones, The...

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Giota Alevizou
4 May 2010

Networked learning, the Net Generation and Digital Natives

Symposium Organiser: Chris Jones, The Open University, United Kingdom

Diversity in interactive media use among Dutch youth

Antoine van den Beemt, Fontys, University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands

Sanne Akkerman, P. Robert-Jan Simons, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Learning and Living Technologies: A Longitudinal Study of First-Year Students’ Expectations and Experiences in the Use of ICT

Ruslan Ramanau, Anesa Hosein, Chris Jones,The Open University, United Kingdom

Learning nests and local habitations: Locations for networked learning

Chris Jones and Graham Healing, The Open University, United Kingdom

Digital natives: Everyday life versus academic study

Linda Corrin, Sue Bennett, Lori Lockyer, University of Wollongong, Australia

Supporting the “Digital Natives”: what is the role of schools?

Rebecca Eynon, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Born into the Digital Age in the South of Africa: the reconfiguration of the “digital citizen”

Laura Czerniewicz, Cheryl Brown, University of Cape Town, South Africa

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Live blogging - so mind the typos/mistakes (they will be edited)

Chris Jones: Introduction

Net gen rhetoric still prevails - albeit its techno-determinism - because of itheir anecdotal power. Un-substantiated claims that exposure to digitial techs influences brain plasticity in young people also popular.

Generation: nationally-specific generation arguments...but the popular net gen argument originates from the US and is based on a cyclical historicity.

Natives-immigrants: fit it in to neo-liberal and marketisation arguments (Bayne and Ross 2007);

Academic moral panic (Sue Benett et al, 2007): open up debate in relation to the discourse.

All the papers in the session - offer national perspectives  and emphasise choice, not necessity; there are age-related changes in technology, but not a generational shift.

Giota Alevizou
06:16 on 4 May 2010

Diversity in interactive media use among Dutch youth

Antoine van den Beemt, Fontys, University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands Sanne Akkerman, P. Robert-Jan Simons, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

 

Social space and cultural space: motives for IM use; social function and cultural function (Ito et al, 2008): peer driven participation or content driven and interest driven.

 

Perspectives; motivations and motives à in informal education à role of formal education in the use of media

 

Pilot study – cluster analysis; national survey – cluster analysis; qualitative study; focus use of social networking and interactive media including games à focus on games;

 

Antoine points out the high density of computer use and bandwidth in the Netherlands that do not allow generalization in an international level

 

Results

  • Activities:
  • Browsing & interacting
  • Performing
  • Interchanging
  • Authoring (SS) content generation

 

Metaphorical names rather than networking; in a couple of years time different applications will replace names, but activities more or leass the same.

 

 

Methodological notes: He used mood boards in the qualitative study to probe the interviews

 

Types of users:

  • Traditionalists
  • Gamers
  • Networkers
  • Producers

 

Networkers and the traditionalists make up the largest part; the hard core gamers and producers small percentage (a total of 10%).

 

All groups engage in browsing, but the producers engage with all applications.

 

Diversity in participation; only a few young people /students are active gamers. Not self-evident that young people’s learning improves with the use of new media. Caution in the application of new media as a learning tool.

 

Q. what is the learning measurement?

 

Q. did not impose categories in the data;  Applications: all the interactive media applications at the time in the Netherlands (around 30 applications).

Giota Alevizou
08:55 on 4 May 2010

Born into the Digital Age in the South of Africa: the reconfiguration of the “digital citizen”

Laura Czerniewicz, Cheryl Brown, University of Cape Town, South Africa

 

live blogging notes from earlier - mind typos :)

HE in South Africa still for the elites

Problem with the discourse of natives especially (colonial connotations)

Surveys and cluster analysis

Some findings:

Homogeneity cannot be assumed in terms of computer experience: there are students with low, medium and high levels of computer experience in all age groupings

-digital native’ = digital elite in the South African context

- digital stranger’ a concern: little exposure, no access before university and relying on formal channels; computer literacy

cell phones ubiquitous and not socially differentiated; main type of internet access for low socio-economic groups was through phone; relatively cheap and high levels of adoption across the board

<mobiles and learning

users from the digital strangers group were using the mobile phone for academic purposes.

What does this mean?

The social world a space with intersecting capitals, habitus and fields… (following Bourdieu)

Capitals:

embodied; skills competences and knowledge, representation of self-image

objectified

and institutional capital

Giota Alevizou
09:00 on 4 May 2010

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