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Changing student learning preferences: what does this mean for the future of universities? Trish Andrews Teaching and Educational Development Institute (TEDI) The University of Queensland
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, The University of Queensland, Australia ; , University of Southern Queensland, Australia

ASCILITE - Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Annual Conference, Publisher: Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education

Abstract

Learner preferences appear to be changing and there is some evidence that students are seeking a different kind of learning experience than currently commonly available. This paper provides a brief discussion of changing student learning preferences and suggests that these are being driven by the accessibility and characteristics of available and emerging technologies, rather than by technological determinism. The paper also suggests that, in many ways, the majority of higher education institutions are ill-prepared for these changes and that a gap is emerging between student expectations and student experience. It is proposed that students are looking for more connected and mobile learning opportunities and that ‘loose networks’ are playing an increasingly important role in supporting learning. The paper discusses the implications these changes have for institutions and suggests that while universities face challenges they also have choices.

Citation

Andrews, T. & Tynan, B. (2011). Changing student learning preferences: what does this mean for the future of universities? Trish Andrews Teaching and Educational Development Institute (TEDI) The University of Queensland. In Proceedings of ASCILITE - Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Annual Conference 2011 (pp. 118-122). Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education. Retrieved January 17, 2020 from .

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