Engineering Student Attitudes to Digital Reading Teaching Technology in the post-coronavirus era

Ke Wu, Neil Smyth, Sherif Welsen

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to evaluate engineering student attitudes to using a digital reader device for reading digital texts in a post-coronavirus academic teaching environment. The results of this study could help to inform pedagogies for online teaching and student transitions into university technology-enabled educational innovation for engineering. Design/methodology/approach: An online survey was distributed to engineering student participants and a student focus group was conducted. The survey contained 14 student experience questions related to the use of the digital reader; most questions were quantitative in nature. The focus group concentrated on 4 areas: the new contexts, pandemic and post-pandemic; the digital reader; digital reading behaviours; and, the impact on current and future student learning. Findings: Student digital reading of engineering academic texts cannot be separated from distinct research investigation processes, such as finding information and writing. Engineering students rarely just read. They read, write, and find information in interconnected academic processes of inquiry. Research limitations/implications: This study was limited to engineering students using the Kindle digital reading device and specific engineering academic texts. Practical implications: The study makes recommendation to inform the development of digital reading in online teaching environments and student transitions to higher education. Originality/value: The study builds on existing research with students describing interconnected digital reading, writing, and finding activities in post-pandemic contexts.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTALE 2021 - IEEE International Conference on Engineering, Technology and Education, Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages71-78
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781665436878
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event2021 IEEE International Conference on Engineering, Technology and Education, TALE 2021 - Wuhan, China
Duration: 5 Dec 20218 Dec 2021

Publication series

NameTALE 2021 - IEEE International Conference on Engineering, Technology and Education, Proceedings

Conference

Conference2021 IEEE International Conference on Engineering, Technology and Education, TALE 2021
Country/TerritoryChina
CityWuhan
Period5/12/218/12/21

Keywords

  • Digital readers
  • digital reading
  • digital teaching
  • digital technologies
  • digital texts
  • engineering students
  • online teaching
  • university engineering teaching
  • university instruction
  • university students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Media Technology
  • Education

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