What is the deal?
Abstract: To read text on paper or on a computer screen is an everyday business for university
students but which do they prefer? In this paper a research conducted at Reykjavik University in Iceland
discussed. The focus is on university students’ attitudes to use books versus computers in they study. The
research shows that students like both learning by reading books and from computers, they use computers
frequently in their study but also books and paper and pencil.
Key words: Learning; Computer attitudes; Book attitudes
Development of computer technology has changed working methods and everyday
life in countries where access to computers and the Internet is common. This has also
influenced teaching and learning styles and methods. If we think back 20-30 years most
students searched for knowledge in books and other printed material but after 1990 the
use of computers and the Internet as a source of information became an influential option
and after the turn of the century the Internet is probably the main resources for information
search, both among students and lecturers. In 1989 Internet users were about half a
million but in 2006 they were over a billion .
The Internet offers many opportunities for educational purposes where search for
information is hardly limited with growing number of good databases with high quality
academic material e.g. ACM digital library, Britannica online and ScienceDirect as an
example. Teachers and students have not only the opportunity to search for information;
they also have fast running programs for information processing and presentation.
Learning management systems (LMS) offer communication, distribution of material and a
variety of opportunities for organising teaching and learning.
Research focused on computers has had different focus during the years from
computer anxiety and computer use to information and... [continues]
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