Digital technologies are often seen as a means of (re)connecting schools and teachers with disaffected and disengaged learners. Commentators argue that digital technologies can create opportunities for digital-based creativity and collaboration that appeal more to ‘digital natives’ who have grown up in a world of computers, the internet and mobile telephony. In this sense, the use of new tools can bridge the fast-growing ‘digital disconnect’ between students and their education institutions.
To what extent do you agree with these claims? Would you describe yourself as a digital native, a digital immigrant or neither? How engaged or disengaged do you feel with your current university?