I think we ask a lot of our students in terms of computer skills and tacit knowledge. I’ve previously blogged about some of the reasons why I don’t like the term “Net Generation”: my main gripe is a lack of awareness of the ways in which e-learning can actively promote social exclusion and aspiration raising among the “cognitively excluded”. (For more, see Joe Cullen’s essential paper, “The Learning Underworld: How Technology Supports Bad Education” — Joe hails from the Tavistock Institute in London and he wields some impressive data to back up his claims).
Cullen’s article is worth reading. The link contains a summary and links to his Powerpoint slides and the actual paper.