Tom yum tech: An international examination of university student ICT ownership and use for study in both Thailand and Australia
International Conference on Education Innovation ICEI 2015
Higher Education Forum (HEF)
School of Education / Centre of Schooling and Learning Technologies (CSALT)
This paper reports on the second iteration of an ongoing project being carried out between universities in Western Australia and Thailand and examines students’ ownership and use of information and communication technologies (ICT). It is critical that modern universities understand their students’ ICT capabilities in terms of hardware ownership, software facility, and preferences in order that online course and content delivery may be tailored to deliver effective, usable and engaging learning resources. In addition, with universities placing greater focus upon attracting students from beyond the borders of any one country though e-learning, it is equally important that we understand these basic capabilities more globally. In this second iteration data was collected at two Thai universities as well as in a university in Western Australia. The objective being to both inform the individual institutions, and to provide comparative data. In particular the study gathered information concerning students’ self-perceived software skills and frequency of use, hardware ownership and frequency of use, access to and location of Internet use, preference for various types of online learning materials, and access and use of university email and university online learning environments. An online survey consisting of both Thai and English language versions was used, that fed respondent data into a common database for analysis.