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18 May 2022 - 18 May 2022

1:00PM - 2:00PM

Online seminar using Zoom

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Part of the School of Education Research Seminar Series.

Technology in Higher Education: Age differences in students' use and attitudes

Dr Rachel V. Staddon, School of Education, Durham University

This will be a virtual seminar using Zoom. Contact for details about how to take part.

Mature students are stereotypically thought to be more anxious about technology and technology-enhanced learning than younger students, and are thought, as a result, to tend to avoid using technology. This is a potential problem in modern higher education where mature students are a common part of classrooms and new learning technologies are widely used. This study explores students’ use and attitudes to technology and learning technologies, and the factors that affect these. A new Technology Attitudes Questionnaire was developed to investigate differences in attitude and usage across different age groups in a UK university, and follow-up interviews were conducted to explore the underlying reasons for these differences. This seminar will give an overview of the project and its findings, which can be used to inform how educators use learning technologies throughout their courses in an age-inclusive way.