Good Read: How 'Free-Range Learners' Hunt for Educational Content Online

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More about students relying on their own peer networks to help them source information: Students report relying on friends to get help and share resources, Ms. Morgan says, whereas their responses suggest “much less of a role” for “conventional authority figures.” They “don’t want to ask librarians or tutors in the study center or stuff like that,” she says. “It’s more the informal networks that they’re using.”

Milwaukee - Digital natives? The idea that students are superengaged finders of online learning materials once struck Glenda Morgan, e-learning strategist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as "a load of hooey." Students, she figured, probably stick with the textbooks and other content they're assigned in class. Not quite.

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