TECHNOLOGICAL PROFICIENCY: DO NON-TRADITIONAL STUDENTS HAVE THE TECHNOLOGICAL SKILLS TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN COLLEGE?
University of North Texas (UNITED STATES)
About this paper:
Conference name: 13th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 5-6 July, 2021
Location: Online Conference
Abstract:The purpose of this paper is to examine whether nontraditional students have the technological skills to be successful in college. A literature review of the appropriate articles is examined as well as the characteristics and assumptions of the nontraditional student in the collegiate atmosphere. Results and findings from previous research pertaining to nontraditional students indicates that, in addition to technical skills and computer efficacy that are lower than their traditional counterparts, many nontraditional students are working full-time while attending college part-time. An examination of the current data research suggests that, nontraditional students are more likely to withdraw from college courses than their counterparts, but were more likely to complete an introductory technology course when the end goal was future employment opportunities. Additionally, this article explores options on addressing the technology gap. Implementation of strategies such as introductory technology courses, gateway courses, mentorships, and digital gaming will be explored as potential solutions for the higher education environment.
Keywords: Nontraditional student, technology, technological proficiency, skills, introductory technology course.