Digital Visitors and Residents: What Motivates Engagement with the Digital Information Environment?

The University of Oxford and OCLC Research, in partnership with the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, are collaborating on a JISC-funded study to investigate the theory of digital residents and visitors with learners in the educational stages: Emerging (Late stage secondary school-first year undergraduate); Establishing (Second/third year undergraduate); Embedding (Postgraduates, PhD students); and Experienced (Scholars).

This work will increase understanding of how learners engage with the Web and how educational services and systems can attract and sustain a possible new group of lifelong learners. The trans-Atlantic partnership will support comparison of students' digital learning strategies in different cultural contexts.

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Team Members

Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Ph.D.

David White

Donna M. Lanclos, Ph.D.

Jeremy Browning

Alison Le Cornu

Erin Hood

Project Lead

Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Ph.D., Director of Library Trends and User Research, OCLC