The lived experience of learners' use of new media in distance teaching and learning

Andrews, Trish, Tyana, Belinda and James, Rosalind (2011) The lived experience of learners' use of new media in distance teaching and learning. On The Horizon, 19 4: 321-230. doi:10.1108/10748121111179448

Author Andrews, Trish
Tyana, Belinda
James, Rosalind
Title The lived experience of learners' use of new media in distance teaching and learning
Journal name On The Horizon   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1074-8121
Publication date 2011-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1108/10748121111179448
Volume 19
Issue 4
Start page 321
End page 230
Total pages 10
Place of publication Bingley, W Yorks United Kingdom
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This paper aims to report on a recent study that investigated the distance learner's voice in relationship to their "lived experiences" of the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs), including new media, for teaching and learning. The study reported on here sought to understand how distance learners are using new technology for teaching and learning in a world that increasingly uses and relies on these technologies.


This qualitative study took a phenomenological approach to investigating the students' experiences with ICTs. Participants were purposively selected to represent a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as a diverse range of distance learning experiences. A number of strategies for collecting the student voice were utilised, including the Day Experience Method (DEM), Charting the Week's Activities (CWA) and focus group discussions.

The study found that learners vary widely in their use of new media. However, there is emerging evidence that distance learners of all ages are beginning to appropriate new media to support a more mobile and connected learning experience.


These findings suggest that students' learning preferences are changing. This study provides the basis for further studies in this area and the need for institutions to consider how these changing preferences might be considered in relation to policy and practice in the provision of education for distance learners
Keyword Learning methods
Mobile learning
Mobile technology
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation Publications
Version Filter Type
Citation counts: Scopus Citation Count Cited 5 times in Scopus Article | Citations
Google Scholar Search Google Scholar
Created: Fri, 19 Oct 2012, 06:04:35 EST by Ms Trish Andrews on behalf of Teaching & Educational Development Institute