Understanding successful and sustained technology enabled learning across institutional and cultural contexts in higher education
Abstract: Large scale of binational survey with 3003 students from Monash and Tel Aviv Universities was conducted. The main aim was to better understand students’ actual experiences with digital technologies during their studies – highlighting the technologies that students perceived as particularly helpful and/or useful. Special attention was given to the differentiation usage of official technologies resources versos non-official technologies resources. Thus, the research questions were: (a) Are there cultural differences in digital technologies resources usage and practices between Australian and Israeli students? (b) Are there cultural differences between Australian and Israeli students regarding their perception of the usefulness of digital technologies resources and practices? The results of this study confirmed the predominance of ‘official’ digital resources, such as learning management systems and online library resources. However large proportions of students unsurprisingly reported on the usage of ‘non-official’ digital resources such as specialized academic search services (such as Google Scholar and Web of Science) and accessing subject-related videos and audio recordings on content sharing websites such as YouTube and Wikipedia as well as communicating and/or collaborating with other students through Facebook and other social networks.