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1 Exploring the experiences of Masters students in a digital age Project team: Liz Masterman Jane Alexen Shuyska Fawei Geng 26 th March 2009 With special thanks to the students who have contributed to the project

2 10-12 case studies (target ) 2 surveys of participating cohorts (qual & quant data): 50 responses (target) University-wide baseline survey (quant data): 1100 responses (actual) Thema methodology: mixed-methods approach FT courses (5 Education, 2 MSD) 16 pen-pals (+ 1 incomplete) 61 responses to initial survey 50 responses to reflective survey PT courses (Archaeology, Intll Hum Rights Law) 6 pen-pals 16 responses to initial survey 11 responses to reflective survey Actual participants:

3 Pen-pal technique Basic principle: Maximise sustained participation through individualised messages and questions that address individual experiences Process capture to build up individual portraits, identify future questions 4 rounds Oct-May (Oxford-based students) 3 rounds Jan-Sept (IHRL) Interviews June-Sept Collaborative approach to designing questions

4 Taught postgraduates: an under-researched population Adaptation to autonomous learning & analytical thought Continued need for structure and guidance in taught component

5 Masters students & digital technologies Technology plays an important, but not privileged, role in postgraduate study… …but technology can lead to cognitive shifts Students know when to e- and when not to e- Students perceptions of their tech-savvyness is often at variance with their behaviours

6 Academic and social literacies Maturity in use of online resources Facebook the dominant medium of peer communication… …but individuals preferences for a more private lifestyle are respected Technology can even be used to discriminate between levels of friendship


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