Evaluation of Students’ Access to and Experience with Technology in a Public Mexican University

ID: 33044 Type: Brief Paper: Other
  1. Brenda Cecilia Padilla Rodríguez, University of Leicester, United Kingdom
  2. Ma. Concepción Rodríguez Nieto and Víctor Manuel Padilla Montemayor, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Mexico

Tuesday, June 28 3:25-3:45 PM Location: Room 4 - Faculty of Letters Building

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Abstract: The use of information and communication technologies in education is still limited in Mexico. The current paper presents the preliminary results of an ongoing diagnostic study about access to and experience with technology in a Mexican public university. A survey was applied to 136 students. Results show that most of them have a computer and an Internet connection at home, but mobile devices (e.g. smartphones, iPods) are not common. Participants surf the web more frequently than the national average. They tend to consider themselves skillful in the general use of technology, but when asked about specific tasks, perceived competency varies. Further research is needed to understand the underlying reasons and implications of these results.

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