Learning and teaching 24/7: Daily internet usage patterns at nine Australian universities

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Abstract

Purpose ' This paper seeks to look at the usage of the internet by students, academics and university administrators as part of their normal working day. It investigates whether access to computer facilities and the mode of study have any influence, or whether other factors need to be considered when providing services. Design/methodology/approach ' To assess this, the paper considers the diurnal nature of general internet usage in Australia, addresses the daily average internet use at various Australian universities, and considers how much the usage profile says about the student profile and student study habits. Findings ' Web usage is high at the start of the work day and then peaks at the end of the work period, with another slight peak by 7 p.m., presumably after the dinner period, representing those who come on-line in the evening. Originality/value ' The analysis of the proxy usage of nine Australian universities has shown that the vast majority of usage in the Victorian and South Australian universities in the sample is limited to office hours with 81 per cent of all usage occurring during the standard working hours and flexi-time period between 08:00 and 18:00 (72 per cent between 09:00 and 17:00).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-44
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Information and Learning Technology
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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