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 International Journal of Education and Development using ICT > Vol. 5, No. 5 (2009) open journal systems 


Investigating popular Internet applications as supporting e-learning technologies for teaching and learning with Generation Y

Mici Halse, Rhodes University, South Africa
Brenda Mallinson, Rhodes University, South Africa


Abstract
This paper introduces generational theory and outlines the characteristics of Generation Y with a particular emphasis on how these relate to their learning styles, and how these characteristics and learning styles differ from previous generations. It then considers a number of common Internet applications popular amongst this generation in terms of their function, relating these to the characteristics of Generation Y as learners. The effectiveness of these technologies as e-learning tools for this generation is examined, and they are found to offer valuable features to assist learning facilitators.


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