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RIDE. Revista Iberoamericana para la Investigación y el Desarrollo Educativo

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GONZALEZ BELLO, Edgar Oswaldo. Digital skills in young people entering the university: realities to innovate in university education. RIDE. Rev. Iberoam. Investig. Desarro. Educ [online]. 2018, vol.8, n.16, pp.670-687. ISSN 2007-7467.

The students of today belong to a generation developed around digital environments constituting themselves as young -not all- who spends their most time using technological devices. In response to this reality, ICT have been incorporated into university spaces through modifications that await young people characterized by learning to learn. It is a study that analyzes the level of development of the digital skills that the students themselves consider to characterize them when entering their university studies and other aspects that have favored this learning, through the application of qualitative method in 18 new students in the Universidad de Sonora, Mexico. The results show that it is possible to identify that ICTs are incorporated into the lives of young students in different ways and begin their preparation to develop technological skills, some sooner than others and in a diverse way through the different educational levels. Also that there are, those who from an early age have contact with technological devices, living in a context where computers and the Internet come home as a need. It is concluded that ICTs and their use in the university context must oblige to rethink to innovate the ways in which the teaching and learning processes are carried out, assuming that young people possess digital skills but not all of them or in the same way.

Keywords : higher education; first-year students; skills; youth; information and communication technologies.

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