Technology Ownership, Usage and Expectations of Business School Freshmen: Evidence from an Irish University

32 Pages Posted: 12 Aug 2009 Last revised: 24 Aug 2009

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Angelos Alexopoulos

Dublin City University - Leadership, Innovation and Knowledge Research Centre

Louise Gorman

Dublin City University - Learning, Innovation and Knowledge Research Centre (LINK)

Theodore G. Lynn

Irish Centre for Cloud Computing and Commerce

Laura Brewer

Arizona State University (ASU) - Applied Learning Technologies Institute

Samuel DiGangi

Arizona State University - Applied Learning Technologies Institute

Angel K. Jannasch-Pennell

Arizona State University (ASU) - Applied Learning Technologies Institute

Date Written: August 12, 2009

Abstract

Based on survey data from 374 incoming, first-year undergraduates of an Irish university business school, this study examines student ownership, usage and expectations of information and communications technology (ICT) and how these are influenced by student characteristics, such as gender, nationality, socioeconomic background, place of residence, and prior levels of ICT experience. Results indicate significant differences in technology ownership and usage attributed to gender, nationality, socioeconomic background, and place of residence. Additional differences in expectations of ICT-enabled learning activities related to student pre-entry ICT experience are also found. The findings present business schools with challenges and opportunities in addressing the technology needs of a diverse body of netgeners by developing infrastructure and learning strategies that match these needs with their wider experience and expectations of ICT.

Keywords: ICT, ownership, usage, expectations, business school, freshmen, net generation

Suggested Citation

Alexopoulos, Angelos and Gorman, Louise and Lynn, Theodore G. and Brewer, Laura and DiGangi, Samuel and Jannasch-Pennell, Angel K., Technology Ownership, Usage and Expectations of Business School Freshmen: Evidence from an Irish University (August 12, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1447952 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1447952

Angelos Alexopoulos

Dublin City University - Leadership, Innovation and Knowledge Research Centre ( email )

Dublin, D9
Ireland
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Louise Gorman (Contact Author)

Dublin City University - Learning, Innovation and Knowledge Research Centre (LINK) ( email )

Dublin
Collins Avenue
Dublin, NA Dublin 9
Ireland

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Theodore G. Lynn

Irish Centre for Cloud Computing and Commerce ( email )

Dublin
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Dublin, NA Dublin 9
Ireland
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35317005446 (Fax)

Laura Brewer

Arizona State University (ASU) - Applied Learning Technologies Institute ( email )

Box 870101
Tempe, AZ 85287
United States

Samuel DiGangi

Arizona State University - Applied Learning Technologies Institute ( email )

Box 870101
Tempe, AZ 85287
United States

HOME PAGE: http://alti.asu.edu

Angel K. Jannasch-Pennell

Arizona State University (ASU) - Applied Learning Technologies Institute ( email )

Box 870101
Tempe, AZ 85287
United States
480-965-3906 (Phone)
480-727-6767 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://alti.asu.edu

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