Distance learning, e-learning and the digital divide

Allbwn ymchwil: Pennod mewn Llyfr/Adroddiad/Trafodion CynhadleddTrafodion Cynhadledd (Nid-Cyfnodolyn fathau)


This paper outlines a research project that investigated ODL students’ levels of access to, use of and preferences for new technologies for learning. The study was based in the Department of Information Studies at Aberystwyth University, UK. A questionnaire including both quantitative and open-ended questions was utilised, allowing a mixture of statistical and qualitative data to emerge. This paper focuses on selected aspects of the qualitative data, addressing themes around barriers to ICT, use of learning materials and preferences around online and paper-based learning. A mixed picture of access, use and preference is evident. Key themes include sharing and negotiating use of ICT with family members; issues around reading online and print-based material; amount of time spent on the computer for other reasons; and the demands of busy working/family lives. A clear preference for a mixture of online and printed materials was evident, implying a continuing need for a variety of access points to learning materials for ODL students.
Iaith wreiddiolSaesneg
TeitlCambridge International Conference on open, distance and e-learning 2011
Man cyhoeddiCambridge
CyhoeddwrUnknown Publisher
Nifer y tudalennau10
ISBN (Argraffiad)987-1-78007-323-1
StatwsCyhoeddwyd - 30 Hyd 2011
DigwyddiadCambridge International Conference on Open, Distance, and E-Learning - Cambridge, Teyrnas Unedig Prydain Fawr a Gogledd Iwerddon
Hyd: 25 Medi 201128 Medi 2011


CynhadleddCambridge International Conference on Open, Distance, and E-Learning
Gwlad/TiriogaethTeyrnas Unedig Prydain Fawr a Gogledd Iwerddon
Cyfnod25 Medi 201128 Medi 2011

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