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Technology and Learning Environments in Higher Education

Tracey Wilen-Daugenti

The Internet has transformed higher education by changing the way universities and colleges teach students. As a result, many institutions are struggling to understand how the next generation of Internet technologies, including Web 2.0, multimedia, virtual presence, gaming, and the proliferation of mobile devices, will impact their students and infrastructures. .edu: Technology and Learning Environments in Higher Education discusses how higher education institutions can use these technologies to enable learning environments. In the future, students will have complete access to any higher education resource, including expert scholars, lectures, content, courseware, collaborative dialogues, information exchanges, hands-on learning, and research – no matter where they are located. If fully enabled, this new learning environment will blur the lines between on- and off-campus experiences and remove barriers to learning and research – greatly improving the quality of education for students globally.
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7. Students and Technology



Students and Technology

The Internet is an important tool for everyday life and has become a crucial tool for higher education. Students are pervasive users of the Internet for selflearning. Being fast adopters of technology, they have been and will continue to be considered “evergreen.” That is, they will usher in new technologies on college campuses, and their use of and response to these technologies will create more opportunities for integration of technology in higher education. While higher education is grappling with how to educate using Web 2.0, the current technology trend, many are now thinking ahead to the next set of college students—Generation V.

Student use of the Internet

A 2008 report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project found that:1

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