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Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) by University Freshmen: With Special Reference to the University of Moratuwa

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A. D. B. Kumara

University of Moratuwa, LK
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New coming students for universities are fundamentally different than in the past, because they have been spending their entire lives surrounded by and using ICTs. These students belong to the net generation and always looking for ICTs in each and every activity of their life. However, it is questioned whether all students are in the same level since they should be very fluent with ICTs to move in this 21st century confidently. This study is an attempt made to investigate the level of using ICTs by new coming undergraduates to the University of Moratuwa by examining the frequency of using ICT tools, self rated skill levels and finally their perceptions of the impact of ICT on academic experiences in the university. Twenty two (22) different ICT related activities under 4 main skill domains; basic computer usage, computer applications, Internet/E-mail use and use of technologies for research/academic activities were used for the study. The study is compiled with data from questionnaires of 338 first year students in three faculties; Architecture, Engineering and Information Technology. The study reveals that there is a rapid trend towards a higher ICT usage of university freshmen as digital natives. Majority of the first year students more frequently use computer applications such as word processing, Spreadsheets and Presentation packages. and they have rated themselves as highly skilled in computer applications. The male students reported to be in front in terms of usage of ICTs and level of computer literacy skills than female students. Freshmen from urban communities always believe that they are more skilful in this aspect. Architecture students are somewhat below than others in using ICTs as well as the level of ICT skills. Majority of freshmen believe that using ICTs may help them to improve their learning in the university and they are willing to use ICTs to find information on academic purposes. Recommendations have been made to enhance ICT facilities and programs for freshmen at university.

Journal of the University Librarians Association of Sri Lanka, Vol. 18, Issue 2, June 2014, Page 26-40

DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/jula.v18i2.7864
How to Cite: Kumara, A.D.B., (2015). Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) by University Freshmen: With Special Reference to the University of Moratuwa. Journal of the University Librarians Association of Sri Lanka. 18(2), pp.26–40. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/jula.v18i2.7864
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