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Digital Tools and Personal Learning Environments: An Analysis in Higher Education

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Research Center in Teaching and Education, Nacional University, Heredia 86300, Costa Rica
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Department of Pedagogy and Didactics, University of A Coruña, 15071 A Coruña, Spain
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Department of Specific Didactics and Research Methods and Diagnosis in Education, University of A Coruña, 15071 A Coruña, Spain
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Department of Applied Didactics, University of Santiago de Compostela, 15782 Santiago de Compostela, Spain
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Department of Pedagogy and Didactics, University of Santiago de Compostela, 15782 Santiago de Compostela, Spain
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Sustainability 2020, 12(19), 8180; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12198180
Received: 16 September 2020 / Revised: 29 September 2020 / Accepted: 30 September 2020 / Published: 4 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue ICT and Sustainable Education)
The effective use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and the discussion surrounding its educational contributions in formal settings are key elements in the analysis of personal learning environments (PLE). The aim of this study was to analyze the tools that students use to access information, create content, and share and interact in the framework of higher education. The study took a quantitative approach, using an ex post facto, transactional design. Data collection was via the application of a questionnaire to a stratified probabilistic sample (n = 1187) of university students on different courses at the National University (Costa Rica). Analysis of the data showed moderate use of tools in students’ PLEs. Students made more frequent use of resources aimed at accessing information, followed by applications for sharing and interacting, and, to a lesser extent, content creation. We also found significant differences in the use of tools depending on sex, previous education in technology, and academic performance. We recommend the inclusion of open, flexible learning strategies in university education which incorporate the various technological resources available in the digital era to ensure the development of PLEs and lifelong learning. View Full-Text
Keywords: ICT; personal learning environment; web 2.0; university students; formal education; higher education ICT; personal learning environment; web 2.0; university students; formal education; higher education
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García-Martínez, J.-A.; Rosa-Napal, F.-C.; Romero-Tabeayo, I.; López-Calvo, S.; Fuentes-Abeledo, E.-J. Digital Tools and Personal Learning Environments: An Analysis in Higher Education. Sustainability 2020, 12, 8180. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12198180

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García-Martínez J-A, Rosa-Napal F-C, Romero-Tabeayo I, López-Calvo S, Fuentes-Abeledo E-J. Digital Tools and Personal Learning Environments: An Analysis in Higher Education. Sustainability. 2020; 12(19):8180. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12198180

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García-Martínez, José-Antonio, Francisco-César Rosa-Napal, Isabel Romero-Tabeayo, Sara López-Calvo, and Eduardo-José Fuentes-Abeledo. 2020. "Digital Tools and Personal Learning Environments: An Analysis in Higher Education" Sustainability 12, no. 19: 8180. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12198180

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