An Investigation into Freshmen Student Perceptions of the Effectiveness and Value of Digital and Information Literacy
For the interviews I had four females and two males sign up, and these all had overseas educational experience in a range of countries, some one than one. One of the male students and one of the female students interviewed had English as their dominant language and were actually studying Japanese as they were far weaker in that language. The other four students interviewed were effectively bilingual and in two cases were studying a third language, however their ability level in the third language was low to intermediate.
In terms of technological ability none of them were particularly heavy users. As expected they all had Facebook accounts, and had all used MS Word and PowerPoint, although they freely admitted they were not power users of anything. So most of what was covered in class was new to those interviewed, as the transcripts make clear.
As stated in my Ethics Application form for the IFS the first major ethical issue involves informed student consent at all stages of this research. At