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What is Course Materials

Opening Up Education for Inclusivity Across Digital Economies and Societies
Information materials lecturers use in class or recommend to their students, embracing scripts, course slides, readers, books, etc.
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Students' Formal and Informal Information Sources: From Course Materials to User-Generated Content
Corinna Petra Raith (WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-7473-6.ch011
Based on an explorative interview study, this chapter reports on students' usage behavior concerning formal and informal information sources for academic (learning) purposes. In this regard, a variety of information sources was reported, ranging from scholarly materials to applications based on user-generated content like Wikipedia, Facebook, YouTube, blogs, forums, and question-and-answer sites. The findings showed that students' acceptance of information sources varied with an increase in the academic age: the more experienced students were, the more focused their choice of information sources was. Bachelor students utilized diverse sources, while doctoral and PhD students mainly concentrated on scholarly materials and news articles, but used Wikipedia, YouTube, and blogs as well. Regarding such informal sources, bachelor students mainly consulted these for learning purposes, while doctoral/PhD students primarily utilized them for checking up/acquiring information and their preparation work. The results are preliminary in their nature and are to be validated in further research.
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