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Maura Smale
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Digital Technology as Affordance and Barrier in Higher Education

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This book explores college students lived experiences of using digital technologies for their academic work. Access to and use of digital technologies is an integral aspect of higher education in the twenty-first century. However, despite the tech-savvy image of them propagated by the media, not all college students own and use technology to the same extent. To ensure that ...more
Published December 28th 2016 by Palgrave MacMillan
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May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
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An important book, if slowed by a wooden prose style. Smale and Regalado study how commuter students at CUNY make use of "fixed" and "mobile" digital technologies (e.g., computer labs and printers vs. smartphones and laptops) in their studies. They're very good at noting what constrains students' uses of the technologies in an era that fantasizes about unlimited and immediate access. It is one of the few rigorously materialist studies of literacy that I've encountered, grounded in interviews wit ...more
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Feb 17, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a solid book that explores student use of digital technology. There is clear attention to mobile technologies and how these are deployed by commuting students.

The challenge remains once more in this book - as with most discussions of online learning - we see a focus on access rather than information literacies. Having access to wifi does not mean the materials downloaded are useful to scholarship. Possessing a mobile phone does not mean it will enable teaching and learning.

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