Laptops for a Digital Lifestyle: The Role of Ubiquitous Mobile Technology in Supporting the Needs of Millennial Students
The Centre for Continuing Education, The University of Auckland
Faculty of Community Services, Education and Social Sciences
School of Communications and Arts / Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts, Technology, Education and Communications
This paper describes the outcomes of a ubiquitous computing project exploring how students use mobile laptop technologies as part of their work, study and social lives at a Western Australian university. The project explored patterns of use of the laptops throughout a semester with a group of undergraduate students to ascertain the extent to which these students integrate laptops into their lives. The purpose was to depict the 'digital lifestyle' afforded by the technologies and how this impacts on students' values and attitudes, their level of digital literacy, and approach to their studies.