In Phase 1, we reported the pervasive and integrated technology use, illustrated by learners like Laura, whose video appears here and in the In Their Own Words publication (click image to launch video stream, wmv format). Laura is competent in using technologies for leisure and is transferring this know-how to supporting her study e.g. listening to podcasts of lectures on the bus. She uses the Internet to find information and transfers that to using her institutional VLE as her 'hub of learning'. She maintains contacts with her friends online through social networking sites and uses the contacts to support her study. She demonstrates how learners' expectations, beliefs and strategies towards education combined with her personal access to technology are changing their experience of learning.
In Phase 2, as learners have allowed us into their worlds, they have shown us many more examples of what it is like to study in this technology rich age. The projects have produced an enormous collection of rich, detailed data which sheds light on what learners expect from the use of technology in post-compulsory education and the choices they make about using technology to support their study. On the site you'll find summaries of the findings and links to assets around the core programme themes and the final synthesis report.
You can also download a summary of key messages (pdf version; Word version also available) from all the projects, including relevant quotes from learners.