Journal article

Educating generation next: screen media use, digital competencies and tertiary education

1 Mar 2015

Investigates the use of screen media and digital competencies of higher education students in light of the growing focus on new media and e-learning in Australian universities.


The authors argue that there is a need to resist the commonplace utopian and dystopian discourses surrounding new media technological innovation, and approach the issue of its potential roles and limitations in higher education settings with due care. The article analyses survey data collected from first-year university students to consider what screen media they currently make use of, how frequently these media are interacted with, and in what settings and for what purposes they are used. The article considers what implications the digital practices and competencies of young adults have for pedagogical programs that aim to engage them in virtual environments.

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