Vakgroep Psychologie, Gezondheid & Technologie

Evaluating digital well-being among university students



Type of assignment:  Ba


How many students possible? 2

Own data collection

Type of research: mixed-method

15 EC      



We live in an era of digital transformation. As a society, we must learn new ways to interact with technology – collectively, but also at the individual level. Digitalisation poses risks but also offers opportunities for growth and positive change. For learners in academic institutions, the ongoing development of digitalisation means that they will need skills that may not exist yet – or which are changing rapidly. At the same time, emotional intelligence, critical thinking and communication skills are paramount and therefore require our attention. The University of Twente wants to be at the forefront of bridging this capability gap so that digital inequality will be effectively countered and digital well-being is promoted. Digital well-being is how you look after your personal health, safety, relationships and work-life balance in digital settings. Do you use your data and devise in pursuit of positive personal goals? Do you participate in online activities and networks that make you feel good?


In this project, you will recruit students from various disciplines at the UT. You will ask them 1) to fill out a questionnaire assessing their digital capabilities, including their digital well-being; 2) to reflect on their assessed digital capabilities; 3) interview selected students about their perspectives on digital well-being. What are they themselves doing to increase their digital well-being? How did they learn to foster their digital well-being? How does their environment support or hinder digital well-being? How important do students think digital well-being is? Do they feel prepared for an increasingly digitalized society? How do they perceive the way the university is preparing them for living and working in a digitalized society? The focus will be decided in dialogue between your own interest and the wishes of the client, LISA (Library, ICT-services and Archive at the University of Twente).


Suggested references

Bezuidenhout, L.M., Leonelli, S., Kelly, A.H. & Rappert, B. (2017). Beyond the digital divide: Towards a situated approach to open data. Science and Public Policy, Volume 44 (4), 464–475.

Cullen,R. (2001) "Addressing the digital divide", Online Information Review, Vol. 25 No. 5, pp.   311-320

Nansen, B., Chakraborty, K., Gibbs, L., MacDougall, C. & Vetere, F. (2012). Children and      Digital Wellbeing in Australia: Online regulation, conduct and competence, Journal of        Children and Media, 6:2, 237-254.


Who are we looking for?

Motivated and responsible students, capable of communicating well with the commissioner of this assignment LISA.


What do we offer? The opportunity to participate in shaping the digital agenda of the University of Twente by bringing in the student perspective. Access to the JISC services and tooling with high quality questionnaires on digital capabilities. JISC is the cooperation of universities in the UK.