June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
Computers in Education
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Work-in-Progress: Incoming Student Technology EducationAbstractThere is a growing digital divide with incoming college students. The perception is that sincestudents are fluent with smartphones or downloading music that they are technology wizards andcan handle all technology related items that are presented to them. The problem with thisperception is that it isn’t correct all of the time. Survey data from the XXX School ofEngineering suggests that the school required tablet PC is the first computer some of the studentshave been solely responsible for maintaining. In the past, they had a parent who kept the familycomputer updated or no one in the family ever worried about updates and backups. Astechnology adoption grows in personal, professional, and educational use, the students need abetter handle on the available technologies and what are involved in using and maintaining saidtechnologies.Some incoming students have been more exposed to technology than others by their parents, buteven these students need some help in some technology pursuits. Universities and Colleges areexpecting students to use more technology without always providing them with the basiccommon knowledge needed. The Department of XX has long believed in creating a commonbaseline in the beginning courses for the students’ mathematical instruction. The department isstarting to believe that the Introduction to Engineering course would be a good place to add acommon knowledge scaffold for technology. This common knowledge will include somesoftware dependent modules on Excel, Word, and PowerPoint, but also needs to include topicson maintaining your own computer; managing your online profiles, accounts, and privacy;learning about campus computing resources; and ethics in using computing / technologyresources.The maintenance module will include technology components regarding the operating system aswell as supplementary software such as browsers, flash, java, etc. The online profiles, accountsand privacy module will focus on information security and some best practices to protect theironline accounts and identities. The campus computing modules will cover items related to beinga XXX School of Engineering student, some example modules would be on Blackboard, email,Office 365, etc. The last module would be related to ethics related to using technology as a userand as a student.This Work-in-Progress is the documentation of the early creation of this technology commonknowledge as well as the history and motivations behind each of the modules.
Lewis, J. E., & Hieb, J. L. (2015, June), Work-in-Progress: Incoming Student Technology Education Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.25095
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