Our Book is Here!

book-cover We’re thrilled to share the publication of our book: Digital Technology as Affordance and Barrier in Higher Education. The book is available directly from the publisher Palgrave Macmillan (among other vendors), and you can take a look at a preview in Google Books.

The book incorporates much of our research over the past 8 years on how CUNY students do their academic work, with a particular focus on their use of technology. We learned so much about the ways that students want to and try to use technology — their own as well as college-provided — to create time for their academic work, and the ways that unanticipated barriers of technology can stand in their way.

The official book description is below. If you read it, we’d love to hear your thoughts — please get in touch.

This book explores college students’ lived experiences of using digital technologies for their academic work. Access to and use of digital technologies is an integral aspect of higher education in the twenty-first century. However, despite the tech-savvy image of them propagated by the media, not all college students own and use technology to the same extent. To ensure that students have the best opportunities for success, all in higher education must consider ways to increase affordances and reduce barriers in student technology use. This book explicitly examines urban commuter students’ use of digital technologies for academic work, on and off campus.

Our Article on CUNY Students’ Commutes and their Academic Work

We’re delighted to share that our article about how CUNY students use (or don’t use) their commutes for their academic work was just published in Urban Library Journal. In this article we share the what we learned in our study specifically about students’ commutes, and suggest strategies to help urban academic libraries direct resources, services, and policies to best serve their commuter students. Many thanks to our ULJ editors and peer reviewers!

Our Article on Student Learning at Home

This week our article on CUNY students creating their learning spaces at home was published in the journal In the Library with the Lead Pipe. In this piece we discuss how the CUNY students we spoke with in our study were successful — and sometimes not-so-successful — at creating space for their academic work in their homes. Give it a read and let us know what you think!

This article went through open peer review which was a terrific process, and we’d like to thank our reviewers/editor Henry Delcore, Erin Dorney, and Ellie Collier again for their thoughtful and useful feedback.

Our Article on CUNY Students’ Library Use

The preprint for our latest article, “I am more productive in the library because it’s quiet:” Commuter Students in the College Library, has just gone live! It’s being published in College & Research Libraries in November. This article draws on the library-specific data we collected in our research and discusses how, where, and why CUNY students use (or don’t use) their college libraries for their academic work. Many thanks to our C&RL editor and peer reviewers!

Our Article on Student Technology Use

We are delighted to share that our article about what our research revealed about students’ technology use has been published. This past Monday, EDUCAUSE Review Online published Commuter Students Using Technology. This article expands and elaborates on the technology-specific findings from our study, many of which we’ve spoken about at conferences in the past year or so. Thanks to EDUCAUSE for publishing the article, and please let us know what you think!