- All but one student thought we had "more" or "a lot more" online work than their other courses.
- In fact 16% had never previously had a course with online work and a further 65% had only previously had online work "once and a while".
- Unsurprisingly, only 10% of the students had had more than 3 courses which utilized the Aula Virtual in any way.4)These were students who had completed either two or three years of study by this point.
Students' Technological Competence is NOT Thanks to their StudiesOne could hardly dare draw universal conclusions about Mexican higher education overall or even for our university just from a small survey with one class's worth of students-but the results do strongly suggest that the higher education system is NOT doing its part to arm the average student with 21st century technological competence. These youths have clearly acquired a comfort in using computers and the internet on their own because online work is far too infrequent for the university to have played any role in their development of technological competence. Clearly, a more active promotion of technology in the average course is sorely needed, yet what I sense instead is a complacency with what has already been done.5)This would include having a computer lab, (slow) internet on campus, and one time forcing faculty to take a 6 month course on using the online learning platform (which was apparently totally ineffectual, but don't get me started on that).
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|1.||↑||There were 90 students, principally from three different degree programs. In total we collected survey responses from 76 of them (though some questions were left blank), and it is likely that the non-responses were NOT random (particularly relevant for this technology discussion since the survey was online). I will look more carefully at the sample composition later.|
|2.||↑||The university uses Moodle which is run completely independently of course and student registrations.|
|3.||↑||For example we posted PDFs of PowerPoint and readings, had quizzes online, turned in some assignments online and maintained course information and a calender online.|
|4.||↑||These were students who had completed either two or three years of study by this point.|
|5.||↑||This would include having a computer lab, (slow) internet on campus, and one time forcing faculty to take a 6 month course on using the online learning platform (which was apparently totally ineffectual, but don't get me started on that).|