DIGITAL LITERACY SKILLS, TECHNOLOGY HABITS AND BACKGROUNDS OF EDUCATIONAL FACULTY STUDENTS IN E-LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS
Published: 4 Oct 2021
Abstract: In this pandemic era, communication has been mostly facilitated via the Internet replacing face to face interactions due to its flexible and widespread features. Likewise, education has been adapted into this new fully digitalized learning environment as well; thus, concerning the needs of the students and the teachers, e-learning has fit in the educational settings more. The technology has taken the learning off the classroom walls, and has made the distances closer. Therefore, we need a clear delivery of all types of information in these educational processes. Students’ digital literacy skills, their technology habits and backgrounds are among the key factors to have an efficient digital instruction established with e-tools since it forms a base for learning via such virtual environments and anticipates their learning outcomes. Despite several advantages of digital learning environments and tools, students may show different levels of digital literacy skills and perceptions to e-learning. This is a survey study. We aim to investigate the digital literacy skills of the educational faculty students majoring in different specialties to see whether there are differences depending on their majors in the educational faculty and gender. Also, we examined the pre-service teachers’ motivation source and their accessibility to and habits of usage of the Internet, technology, social media and email. We adopted the 17-Item “Digital Literacy Scale” in Turkish, which was adapted by Hamutoğlu et al. (2017) and originally developed by Ng (2012). The findings of this study exhibited that most of the pre-service teachers had their personal computers and access to the Internet, in addition they used social media and e-mail. Moreover, when the digital literacy scale scores were compared, we found out that male pre-service teachers’ digital literacy scale scores were significantly higher than the female pre-service teacher while it did not show a significant difference by department.
Keywords: digital literacy skills, technology habits, pre-service teachers, technology backgrounds
Cite this article: Emine Eren-Gezen, Tuba Şenel-Zor, Turgut Bahçalı. DIGITAL LITERACY SKILLS, TECHNOLOGY HABITS AND BACKGROUNDS OF EDUCATIONAL FACULTY STUDENTS IN E-LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS. Journal of International Scientific Publications: Educational Alternatives 19, 262-276 (2021). https://www.scientific-publications.net/en/article/1002308/
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