Do students prefer Google over tutors? Chara Balasubramaniam and Steve Malikowski think not!

Chara Balasubramaniam and Steve Malikowski from St George’s University of London e-Learning Unit talk to eViP about their award-winning poster presentation “Google, Wikipedia or Tutors: What to the students choose?”

More students than ever are accessing web pages, but how do they source this information? Do they use Google, Wikis, or to they listen to their tutor’s recommendations? This was the question that Steve Malikowski and Chara Balasubramaniam asked a cohort of 94 medical students, with surprising results!

As they explain, students were more likely to follow their tutor’s recommendation – with straight Google searches being the least popular method of accessing information. Is this the case in your institution? We would love to hear what you think!

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  1. London Tuition November 12, 2009 at 8:47 pm #

    Very interesting research. As the interview points out this creates a great opportunity for tutors to ensure students use the best online tools available. It also adds a responsibility to the tutors to ensure they know where to point their students when asked rather than simply working against the idea of eLearning tools altogether.