Digital Technology as Affordance and Barrier in Higher Education

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Springer, Dec 15, 2016 - Education - 102 pages

This book explores college students’ lived experiences of using digital technologies for their academic work. Access to and use of digital technologies is an integral aspect of higher education in the twenty-first century. However, despite the tech-savvy image of them propagated by the media, not all college students own and use technology to the same extent. To ensure that students have the best opportunities for success, all in higher education must consider ways to increase affordances and reduce barriers in student technology use. This book explicitly examines urban commuter students’ use of digital technologies for academic work, on and off campus.


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Maura A. Smale is Professor and Chief Librarian at New York City College of Technology, City University of New York, USA. She has researched and published on student scholarly habits, critical librarianship, and open education.

Mariana Regalado is Associate Professor and Head of Reference & Instruction, Library at Brooklyn College, City University of New York, USA. She has researched and published on undergraduate academic experience and research habits.

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