Understanding Young People's Online Behaviour and International Education

Abstract

There are a number of popular perceptions about Digital Natives in the media. Much of this is not well researched and tends to stereotype our students (domestic and international). Such reports tend to promote some stereotypes that have led institutions to 'miss the mark' when it comes to engaging their students. It also treats all students as one group with similar digital skills and literacy. This session highlights the research on young people's online behaviour, and challenges some of the popular myths and perceptions that exist. For example, current digital practices and innovations tend to assume that these 'digital natives' will automatically adapt to the new digital environments of new host countries. However, latest research in this space has shown otherwise. The session then goes on to explore the implications of these behaviours on educational institutions' policies and practices. It seeks to explore the implications of this research on marketing, student support and academic engagement.