oa The Journal of Independent Teaching and Learning - Editorial
Along with the exponential growth of institutions of higher learning to meet the expectations of governments to have a highly educated and skilled workforce in order to meet the demands of the 21st century economy, there has been another major shift that has impacted upon the provision of higher education; namely, the growth of information and communication technologies (ICT) and its concomitant use in teaching and learning. This shift is not only in response to the explosion of ICT but also to the emerging learning styles of the new generation of school leavers that has come to be known as the 'net generation'. These learners have grown up in a world surrounded by web-enabled devices and thus possess an ease of communication with friends anywhere in the world. As a consequence, their perception of the world and the ways in which they assimilate information is different to that of previous generations. For instance, the former is more likely to want to know where to find information rather than to internalise knowledge or as another author puts it 'engage in surface rather than deep learning'.
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