Laptops for a Digital Lifestyle: Millennial Students and Wireless Mobile Technologies
Queensland University of Technology, Department of Teaching and Learning Support Services
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 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.