New Media, Digital Divide and Democratic Education
Jingrong Xie, The University of Kansas, United States
E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Washington, DC, United States Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA
This study investigated how post-secondary students from diverse backgrounds, especially with disabilities interact with mobile media. By examining theoretical frameworks of Gratification theory and Universal Design for Learning (UDL), the researcher developed a conceptual framework to guide this study. Using descriptive studies method, the researcher developed an associated interview protocol and a survey to investigate the mobile media consumption and civic participation habits of college students with and without disabilities. Findings indicated that easy access of mobile media for college students with disabilities as well as their mobile media consumption pattern varied by gender. Students with disabilities identified the needs of using mobile media for information gathering, opinion sharing, and social networking. This study investigated how to support college students with disabilities to become lifelong learners who can be active civic participants through mobile media.
Xie, J. (2016). New Media, Digital Divide and Democratic Education. In Proceedings of E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning (pp. 820-825). Washington, DC, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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