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ERIC Number: ED571561
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Dec
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 58
An Evaluation of iPad as a Learning Tool in Higher Education within a Rural Catchment: A Case Study at a South African University
Wario, Ruth Diko; Ireri, Bonface Ngari; De Wet, Lizette
International Association for Development of the Information Society, Paper presented at the International Conferences on Internet Technologies & Society (ITS), Education Technologies (ICEduTECH), and Sustainability, Technology and Education (STE) (Melbourne, Australia, Dec 6-8, 2016)
Since Apple released the iPad in 2010, it has been widely adopted for teaching and learning. Its graphical user interface combined with touch screen features engages users by attracting their attention. However, the level of engagement that would influence learning is not well understood. This case study investigated the use of iPads when engaging students during teaching and learning. A course unit was purposefully selected and 43 students in an extended undergraduate program were given iPads to read, refer, annotate, and access the internet. A structured questionnaire was used to elicit responses from these students. The findings indicated that perceived ease of use (p<0.05), perceived learning (p<0.01) and perceived student engagement (p<0.05) were positively related to learning outcomes. The findings show that the ease of use of iPad, confidence and attention were significant predictors of students' perception that iPad mediated learning. [For full proceedings, see ED571459.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa