Are undergraduate students more technology-savvy than postgraduate students?
This semester, I have a Computer-Assisted Language Learning course with an undergraduate cohort. We have met for two times, and there is a noticeable difference between them and the Master’s students I had (most of whom are inservice teachers) in the first term in terms of what I call IT intelligence (though most of the teacher students are still young). The undergraduate students pick up a new application much more quickly. They don’t panic when faced with an unfamiliar dashboard. They can quickly find their way around when exploring a new tool. As a result, I can cut down my demonstrations to a minimum.
I still remember how a few of the Master’s students in the first term struggled with the technology in the first couple of sessions (but ALL of them managed to get over that stage after some time). I still remember how, in 1996 when I took a group of teacher students to the computer lab to do something, I had to show one of the teachers how to turn on the computer.