The Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, has released new research showing students’ perceptions and expectations of learning with information and communications technologies (ICT).
More than 1000 students from primary and secondary schools, vocational education and training institutions and universities were surveyed with the Listening to Students’ and Educators’ Voices: Research Findings report finding that students believe technology is a vital learning aid.
Increasing the ICT capabilities of educators is a key element of the Rudd Government’s $2.2 billion Digital Education Revolution (DER).
The research highlighted that improvements in the infrastructure are required to enable technologies to be seamlessly deployed in classrooms and lecture theatres.
Participants indicated they expect:
- To have access to technologies within their education and/or training institution, irrespective of the quality of the technologies they have at home;
- To be able to email their lecturers or teachers and for their teachers and lectures to email them; and
- To use a range of technologies in their teaching and learning, appropriate to the learning goals.
Suggestions included more, faster and different technologies (and the inclusion of social networking and media sites in courses). Concern was raised about Internet filtering and blocking of websites students felt were necessary to complete their studies.