Title

Laptops for a Digital Lifestyle: Millennial Students and Wireless Mobile Technologies

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publisher

Queensland University of Technology, Department of Teaching and Learning Support Services

Faculty

Community Services, Education and Social Sciences

School

Communications and Arts, Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts,Technology, Education and Communications

RAS ID

3656

Comments

This article was originally published as: McMahon, M. T., & Pospisil, R. (2005). Laptops for a digital lifestyle: Millennial students and wireless mobile technologies. Proceedings of Ascilite 2005 Conference: Balance, fidelity, mobility: Maintaining the momentum?. (pp. 421-431). Brisbane, Australia. Queensland University of Technology, Department of Teaching and Learning Support Services. Original article available here

Abstract

This paper describes findings relating to the implementation of wireless mobile computing with a small group of undergraduate students in a university setting. The purpose was to explore the ‘digital lifestyle’ afforded by the availability of this technology, particularly with ‘millennial’ students. This group is characterised by information connectedness, multitasking, and a focus on immediacy. The research built on a previous study to identify key aspects of these attributes as they emerged in this setting. It also identified issues with integrating wireless laptops into curricula, and infrastructural imperatives that need to be considered to successfully engage students in using mobile wireless technologies.

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