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A five-year study of on-campus Internet use by undergraduate biomedical students
Abstract This paper reports on a five-year study (2This paper reports on a five-year study (2005-2009) of biomedical students' on-campus use of the Internet. Internet usage logs were used to investigate students' sessional use of key websites and technologies. The most frequented sites and technologies included the university's learning management system, Google, email and Facebook. Email was the primary method of electronic communication. However, its use declined over time, with a steep drop in use during 2006 and 2007 appearing to correspond with the rapid uptake of the social networking site Facebook. Both Google and Wikipedia gained in popularity over time while the use of other key information sources, including the library and biomedical portals, remained low throughout the study. With the notable exception of Facebook, most 'Web 2.0' technologies attracted little use. The 'Net Generation' students involved in this study were heavy users of generalist information retrieval tools and key online university services, and prefered to use externally hosted tools for online communication. These and other findings have important implications for the selection and provision of services by universities.and provision of services by universities.
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Collected data time dimension Longitudinal  +
Comments Students are increasingly reliant on generStudents are increasingly reliant on generalist information retrieval tools, particularly Google and Wikipedia, to support their learning activities Computer usage logs: Internet logs recording the websites visited and time spent on each website. 5000 sessions collected during aug and sep of each of the five years of the study.ep of each of the five years of the study.
Conclusion Students are increasingly reliant on generStudents are increasingly reliant on generalist information retrieval tools, particularly Google and Wikipedia, to support their learning activities. There is a movement away from email, especially institutional email accounts, and towards social networking tools. The use of core institutional systems and services, particularly learning management systems is high and continues to increase. Students are avid users of social networking tools (for personal, social or recreational use) but infrequent users of other so-called ‘Web 2.0’ technologies. The most frequented sites and technologies included the university’s learning management system, Google, email and Facebook. Email was the primary method of electronic communication. However, its use declined over time, with a steep drop in use during 2006 and 2007 appearing to correspond with the rapid uptake of the social networking site Facebook. Both Google and Wikipedia gained in popularity over time while the use of other key information sources, including the library and biomedical portals, remained low throughout the study. With the notable exception of Facebook, most ‘Web 2.0’ technologies attracted little use. The ‘Net Generation’ students involved in this study were heavy users of generalist information retrieval tools and key online university services, and prefered to use externally hosted tools for online communication.lly hosted tools for online communication.
Data source Computer usage logs  +
Doi 10.1016/j.compedu.2010.06.022 +
Google scholar url http://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22A%2Bfive-year%2Bstudy%2Bof%2Bon-campus%2BInternet%2Buse%2Bby%2Bundergraduate%2Bbiomedical%2Bstudents%22  +
Has author Terry Judd + , Gregor Kennedy +
Has domain Health + , Education +
Has topic Domain-specific student readership +
Issue 4  +
Pages 1564-1571  +
Peer reviewed Yes  +
Publication type Journal article  +
Published in Computers and Education +
Research design Statistical analysis  +
Research questions In this paper we report on a large-scale sIn this paper we report on a large-scale study of biomedical students’ on-campus use of Internet technologies over a five-year period. The study focuses on technologies related to four key activities associated with learning and teaching: information seeking, communication, university services and information sharing.iversity services and information sharing.
Revid 10,633  +
Theories Undetermined
Theory type Analysis  +
Title A five-year study of on-campus Internet use by undergraduate biomedical students
Unit of analysis Website  +
Url http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2010.06.022  +
Volume 55  +
Wikipedia coverage Case  +
Wikipedia data extraction Live Wikipedia  +
Wikipedia language Not specified  +
Wikipedia page type N/A  +
Year 2010  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 13 March 2012 12:20:12  +
Categories Domain-specific student readership  + , Health  + , Education  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 January 2014 20:19:39  +
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