Handbook of Research on Engaging Digital Natives in Higher Education Settings

Handbook of Research on Engaging Digital Natives in Higher Education Settings

Margarida M. Pinheiro (University of Aveiro, Portugal) and Dora Simões (University of Aveiro, Portugal)
Release Date: March, 2016|Copyright: © 2016 |Pages: 500
ISBN13: 9781522500391|ISBN10: 1522500391|EISBN13: 9781522500407|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0039-1


The integration of technology has become so deeply rooted into modern society that the upcoming generation of students has never known a world without such innovations. This defining trait calls for an examination of effective methods in which to support and motivate these learners.

The Handbook of Research on Engaging Digital Natives in Higher Education Settings focuses on the importance of educational institutions implementing technology into the learning and teaching process in order to prepare for students born into a digital world. Highlighting relevant issues on teaching strategies and virtual education, this book is a pivotal reference source for academicians, upper-level students, practitioners, and researchers actively involved in higher education.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Active Learning
  • Blended Learning
  • Distance Education
  • Internet Usage
  • Learning Management Systems
  • Online Learning Environments
  • WebQuest

Reviews and Testimonials

Twenty contributions evaluate the computer literacy of students born after the dawn of the internet and share best practices for incorporating technology in higher education learning and teaching activities. Topics include Web 2.0 tools, anatomical and medical visualization, computer science attrition at University of Latvia, and a student-led participatory research-based learning platform. Several chapters on virtual education offer tips for designing distance education modules, a didactic transposition model adapted to eLearning, and a motivational active learning approach to digital learning.

– ProtoView Reviews

This is not a collection of essays in which the authors selected a topic from a list and wrote based on a template or strict series of guidelines. This is a collection of well-written and researched essays that fit the theme of the publication. As a result, there is both a large amount of information with some very specific research interests and topics. With that said, researchers of higher education and digital natives will almost certainly find some valuable information when perusing these pages.

– Tyler Manolovitz, Digital Resources Coordinator at Newton Gresham Library at Sam Houston State University, as reviewed for American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)

Table of Contents and List of Contributors

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Margarida M. Pinheiro is an Assistant Professor at the University of Aveiro. She received a Bachelors in Mathematics, a Masters in Statistics and Probabilities and a PhD in Social Sciences. Her main research interests are in education, namely in learning and teaching methodologies, more specifically in active and PBL methodologies. Her research has been disseminated through a variety of channels, including conferences, international peer reviewed journals and book chapters. She is a researcher in the Research Centre "Didatics and Technology in Education of Trainers" (CIDTFF). She sees the development of methodological strategies increasingly become a more central part of her work.
Dora Simões received her PhD in Informatics Engineering from University of Porto, Portugal, in 2008. Actually, she is an Assistant Professor in computer science area, at the Higher Institute of Accounting and Administration – University of Aveiro (ISCA-UA), Portugal. She is a member of the Center for Research in Communication, Information and Digital Culture (CIC·Digital). Her current research interests include information and knowledge management, organizational information systems, relationship marketing and collaborative virtual networks, and information and communication technologies in education. She has published in various conferences and journals, both national and international.