Absent presence - Brugen af computere og smartphones på universitetet: Absent presence - The use of computers and smartphones at a university

Jasmin Fanny Isabelle Jensen & Christian Schjødt Hays Thøgersen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This paper examines the pros and cons by using technological artifacts at a lecture. In these modern times, computers and smartphones are a big part of our everyday lives. We are used to the online communication on social media. We use it all the time, but when we do, we tend to build these walls around us, and disappear into a virtual world. This condition is called absent presence. Absent presence is not a bad thing, except when it happens when your around other people, in a social context or when you are at a lecture. When you are absent presence, you ignore all other things so this condition can have a bad effect on your ability to absorb knowledge. We have studied the possibilities and challenges by using the technological artifacts at a lecture. We have studied this through observations and different theories. We have concluded that there are multiple benefits by using smartphones and computers at a lecture. It can optimize the students' abilities to learn through notes and slides from the lecture on the computer and with the smartphone, you can take pictures of the notes on the blackboard. Some students uses their computers to record the lecture and that way they can re-watch it over and over again which will help them understand the lecture better. The break absent presence allows the students brain, can have a positive effect for the students, because the break helps the students to concentrate for a longer time, which can be very helpful at a lecture. However, if the students gets distracted by the social medias and if these take the attention away from the lecture, it will compromise their ability to learn and the use of technological artifacts will have the opposite effect.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk-Teknologisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato19 dec. 2014
VejledereAnne Brus


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