Digital natives and libraries: new Pew research

Dans mon étude sur les MOOCs, le transfert des états unis et pays anglophones vers l’europe puis la francophonie m’ont permis de voyager en ligne; Bryan Alexander, militant de l’ open data et de l’éducation pour tous est un pionnier du connectivisme. Je suis plus mesurée, plus française, et je ne m’offusque guère qu’on mixe xMOOC et cMOOC à l’université, pour conserver une homéostasie entre la survie de l’Université et de ses agents tout en garantissant le meilleur aux apprenants; Mais ce personnage étrange, de même que Georges Siemens, et d’autres, m’ont profondément marquée.

Bryan Alexander

Pew Internet logoDigital natives and libraries: a new Pew Internet and American Life survey offers updated information on this relationship.  The results are both useful and fascinating, as one expects from Pew.

In some exciting ways the report upends cliches about millenials, and not to the credit of their putatively wiser elders:

  • Digital natives are more likely to have read a print book than their elders (“three-quarters (75%) of younger Americans say they have read at least one book in print in the past year, compared with 64% of adults ages 30 and older”).  That will shock some (older) folks.
  • Those 16-29-year-olds make more use of library space than do the 30-on-ups: “60% of younger patrons say they go to the library to study, sit and read, or watch or listen to media, significantly more than the 45% of older patrons who do this.”  And “[s]ome 38% of Americans ages 16-29 have…

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6 thoughts on “Digital natives and libraries: new Pew research

  1. Nice thoughts, and merci for calling me militant de l’ open data et de l’éducation.
    I’m not sure about the survival of the university. It’s quite possible the number of universities will decrease.

    • Thank you for your post. Your writings are so inspiring and opening minds! I am sure you are right about the dark future of universities. But may be it’s time to change and imagine others way to transmit (I’m not really sure about this word it’s probably a franglish word) the knowledge? Isn’t more important that people can become able to learn by their own and inspired by free mentoring? In France people from teaching and higher education “community” seem not to be ready for positive change in their habits to learn and to teach, I hope it will turn in a good way. I’m a french admirer of your work. I wish you a larger and larger audience to change thoughts and make us use our brains. I hope I will have news from you.

  2. “transmit the knowledge” is splendid English, although some teachers disagree with the transmission theory of learning.
    I agree that we are in an age of expanding access to knowledge and learning, which is a fine thing. I hope France decides to participate.
    Thank you for the kind words!

    • I am not sure I I have a leader soul 🙂 Thank you for all your writings and blogs and others (I discovered a large part of your investments because of the MOOC “academia and the MOOc”). In France the teachers-researchers I interviewed for my work are very influenced by connectivism but most of them are very afraid about the possible disappearance of University. It’s very interesting to see the incidences that innovation in learning have on society and people. The dialog between humanities and “hard” sciences is really interesting too, when we let it appears without “taboo”.

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