A five-year study of on-campus Internet use by undergraduate biomedical students

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A five-year study of on-campus Internet use by undergraduate biomedical students
Authors: Terry Judd, Gregor Kennedy [edit item]
Citation: Computers and Education 55 (4): 1564-1571. 2010.
Publication type: Journal article
Peer-reviewed: Yes
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DOI: 10.1016/j.compedu.2010.06.022.
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A five-year study of on-campus Internet use by undergraduate biomedical students is a publication by Terry Judd, Gregor Kennedy.


[edit] Abstract

This 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.

[edit] Research questions

"In 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."

Research details

Topics: Domain-specific student readership [edit item]
Domains: Health, Education [edit item]
Theory type: Analysis [edit item]
Wikipedia coverage: Case [edit item]
Theories: "Undetermined" [edit item]
Research design: Statistical analysis [edit item]
Data source: Computer usage logs [edit item]
Collected data time dimension: Longitudinal [edit item]
Unit of analysis: Website [edit item]
Wikipedia data extraction: Live Wikipedia [edit item]
Wikipedia page type: N/A [edit item]
Wikipedia language: Not specified [edit item]

[edit] Conclusion

"Students 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."

[edit] Comments

"Students 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."


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AbstractThis 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.
Added by wikilit teamAdded on initial load +
Collected data time dimensionLongitudinal +
CommentsStudents 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.
ConclusionStudents 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 sourceComputer usage logs +
Doi10.1016/j.compedu.2010.06.022 +
Google scholar urlhttp://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22A%2Bfive-year%2Bstudy%2Bof%2Bon-campus%2BInternet%2Buse%2Bby%2Bundergraduate%2Bbiomedical%2Bstudents%22 +
Has authorTerry Judd + and Gregor Kennedy +
Has domainHealth + and Education +
Has topicDomain-specific student readership +
Issue4 +
Pages1564-1571 +
Peer reviewedYes +
Publication typeJournal article +
Published inComputers and Education +
Research designStatistical analysis +
Research questionsIn 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.
Revid10,633 +
TheoriesUndetermined
Theory typeAnalysis +
TitleA five-year study of on-campus Internet use by undergraduate biomedical students
Unit of analysisWebsite +
Urlhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2010.06.022 +
Volume55 +
Wikipedia coverageCase +
Wikipedia data extractionLive Wikipedia +
Wikipedia languageNot specified +
Wikipedia page typeN/A +
Year2010 +