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ERIC Number: EJ1086147
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Oct
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-1055-8896
Digital Scribes: A Qualitative Study of Graduate Students Who Brought iPads into Their Academic Lives
Alyahya, Suzan; Gall, James
Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, v24 n4 p385-401 Oct 2015
The purpose of this qualitative research was to examine how graduate students at one institution used personal iPads to support their educational needs. This study specifically addressed the questions: What do graduate students describe as the important educational benefits of their iPads? In what ways are graduate students using iPads to study course material, complete assignments, and conduct research? The researchers chose a qualitative case study design in order to examine the use of this technology in authentic learning situations. The data were drawn from interviews with the students, classroom observations, and select artifacts. The study took place at a mid-sized university in the western United States. Each participant was a graduate student in the university's college of education who owned an iPad that he/she used in classes or other educational settings. During the course of the study (15 weeks), 12 graduate students that fit the criteria were identified and participated in the research. The qualitative data for the 12 participants resulted in four shared themes. They were: 1) Affordances, 2) Access to Written Materials, 3) Access to Internet Resources and Services, and 4) Creation of Educational Materials. Each theme is described in detail with supporting data and related literature.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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