The Digital Divide’s Impact on Hybrid Learning: How Communications Models Affect Message Construction and Content Processing by Different Generations

ID: 51756 Type: Roundtable
  1. Laura Wilson, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, United States
  2. Thomas J. Brown and Mary Beth Leidman, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, United States

Thursday, March 29 10:15 AM-11:15 AM

Presider:
Abrar Almoosa, University of Northern Colorado, United States

The general division of digital literacy and adaptation begins and ends with the 1980’s The evolution of the communication models lends to the discussion that the digital definitions may be outdated as well While the Baby Boomers are still creating the messages for the Millennials, this research will aim to discuss the implications for an additional group added to the digital divide analysis From 2001 when Prensky coined the terms “digital natives and digital immigrants” education has evolved to include the Net Generation and the New Millennium learners (Gu, Zhu, & Guo, 2013) These learners have grown up in the digital environment where the digital immigrants have created the content and the message This divide goes beyond age, but includes race, gender, education and income (Digital Divide, 2010) Although the gap in access is decreasing, it is developing a new structure of resources and knowledge at the fingertips of those who have the digital access

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