A New Generation of Students: Digital Media in Academic Contexts

Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 730)


The growing presence of digital media in the lives of university students signals a change in how use of such media in educational contexts should be viewed. Institutional focus on technologically mediated education and the promotion of blended learning initiatives further serve to encourage media use in academic settings. Scant attention has been afforded to the potential negative consequences arising from heightened media engagement. This is especially the case in areas of study where technological artifacts are often the medium and the subject of interest, for instance the computer and information sciences. In this study a survey was done to investigate students’ use of media, as well as the behavioural beliefs, norms and motivators surrounding such use.


Media multitasking Beliefs Norms New media Students Behaviour 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Information ScienceStellenbosch UniversityStellenboschSouth Africa

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