Director of Academic Technology Services
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Director, Research Initiative for Teaching Effectiveness
University of Central Florida
Senior Evaluation Consultant
University of Wisconsin-Madison
This session includes the results from a large national study of how undergraduate students find, use, and learn from digital resources of all types, including open educational resources and online library materials. The study used a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods to explore the paths that students followed through sets of both online and non-online resources in a variety of different scenarios. The resulting data was used to construct models of the key determinants that shape how students approach learning new information in different situations and especially how they navigate online resources to address learning goals. Furthermore, the models were used to develop a set of student learning archetypes, which allowed for identification of four major ways that students approach learning through technology and improved understanding of the circumstances under which they adopt these approaches. The results of this study have major implications for libraries and information technology organizations for how student learning is supported in higher education.