June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
Technological and Engineering Literacy/Philosophy of Engineering
23.748.1 - 23.748.11
Information and Communications Technologies literacy of XXX (edited for blind review) students A number of labels have been proposed to describe young people currently at theuniversity level. These include “net generation”, “Google generation”, “millennial” o “digitalnatives”. These terms are used to highlight the significance of digital technology in their dailylife. Some authors predict a significant change in the way these young people communicate,create, socialize and learn. These authors also suggest that there must be a significant impact ofthis digital natives lifestyle in education, foreseeing a clash between them and the non digitalnative (or digital immigrant) generation we, their professors, belong to. Other studies showevidence against a conception of the digital native as based purely on generational differences. However, new information and communication technologies (ICT) have to be introducedin the classroom and can provide new means of interacting during the teaching and learningprocess. In order to use the ICT a common knowledge base must be established among studentsand faculty. And the first step is being aware of the knowledge students have and how they usethese new technologies. As part of a comprehensive ICT adoption program at the XXX (Edited for blindreviewing) University, we conducted a voluntary survey during the first 2012 term aimed to havea panorama on how the students of Computer Science Department of the Schools of Engineersuse and are familiar with some instances of the ICT. In this paper we will present the survey, the first results and some conclusions. The aim ofthe survey is to identify possible environments where students and faculty can interact andlearning is possible. Building such environments is highly dependent on previous experience ofstudents to ICT and its breadth of use. Using the results we will be able to cluster our studentsaccording to their integration of ICT in their lives and to develop a way of establishing acommon base that faculty can use in their classes. The survey is anonymous non mandatory andhas been answered by 349 students engaged in different courses of the department and pursuingsix years studies on different engineering field specialties, including Mechanical, Chemistry,Electrical, Electronic, Informatics (Computer Science Engineering), Civil and Industrial(Manufacturing and Management) and it is intended to be a continuous practice. Also follow uppersonal interviews with students who volunteered are planned to take place at the time of thiswriting.
Clua, O., & Feldgen, M. (2013, June), Information and Communications Technologies literacy of the University of Buenos Aires Engineering students Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19762
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