Journal article

Not just digital natives: Integrating technologies in professional education contexts

Erika E Smith, Renate Kahlke, Terry Judd

Australasian Journal of Educational Technology | AUSTRALASIAN SOC COMPUTERS LEARNING TERTIARY EDUCATION-ASCILITE | Published : 2020


In 2001, Prensky characterised a new generation of learners entering higher education as digital natives – naturally digitally literate and inherently proficient users of technology. While many educational technology researchers have long argued for the need to move beyond the digital native assumptions proposed by Prensky and other futurists, a critical review of the literature reveals that this concept remains influential in academia broadly and within professional education specifically. In light of this, we propose an alternative approach to technology integration in professional education settings that aims to avoid unhelpful digital native stereotypes by instead developing digital lite..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors with to thank Ian Scott, MD & MSc, Director of the Centre for Health Educator Scholarship and Associate Professor in the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia, and Richard Hayman, MA & MLIS, Digital Initiatives Librarian and Associate Professor at Mount Royal University, for their reviews of earlier drafts. The first author's research was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.