Abdulsalami Ibrahim, doctoral candidate in Curriculum and
Instruction, and Crystal Machado, Department of Professional Studies in
Education, presented their paper, “Connected or Disconnected? A Comparative
Study of International Students’ Technology use in the US and their Home
Countries,” at the 2016 New England Educational Research Organization Conference,
in April in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Universities in America spend proportionately more on
technology infrastructure and instructional technologies than their
counterparts in other parts of the world. There is limited research that
describes the challenges international students face as they move to
technology-rich learning environments.
The paper provided conference attendees with access to the preliminary
findings of a mixed-method study conducted at a mid-sized research university
in the East Coast. The study describes international students’ access and use
of devices and instructional technologies in their home countries and the
United States and the extent to which they challenges and/or enhanced students’
learning and communication.
Abdulsalami Ibrahim won Frank Corbett’s Five for Fifty Graduate Students Award.