An Approach to Digital Learners in a Catalonian Public Face-To-Face University

Eliana Esther Gallardo-Echenique
Universidad Rovira i Virgili, Spain

Luis Marques-Molias
Universidad Rovira i Virgili, Spain

Mark Bullen
Commonwealth of Learning, Canada


According to Battro and Fischer (2012), education is being transformed by emerging technologies and new approaches to teaching, learning, and pedagogy. In higher education, institutions employ technologies to enhance learning, teaching and assessment activities, for example, use learning management systems (virtual learning environments) and web-based applications to deliver both the curriculum and student support. The growth in the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), especially the Internet, is having a significant impact on society and on many aspects of daily life. The world that young people grow up in prior to their arrival at university is filled with new technology that is integral to the way they live, think, communicate, and the way they work (Jones & Healing 2010). According to Gabriel, Campbell, Wiebe, Macdonald and McAuley (2012), students arrive in colleges with different expectations, skills, and needs than those the traditional education system was designed to teach.

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