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ERIC Number: EJ1136786
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1545-679X
Non Directed Utilization of a Hand Held Device: How Does a First Year University Engineering Student Use an iTouch?
Serapiglia, Anthony; Serapiglia, Constance
Information Systems Education Journal, v9 n6 p30-37 Nov 2011
Handheld computer technology has been available for decades. The college student today has been exposed to various types of handheld computing devices for most of their lives yet there is little known about how a college student utilizes this type of technology tool as a learning advantage to an anytime or place scenario. This study looks at how one incoming class of freshman engineering students at a mid-sized university in Western Pennsylvania utilized Apple iTouch PDA/Mobile computing devices they had been given upon their enrollment at the university. Survey questions resulted in no significant trend in usage. Personal use and curriculum use resulted in an even split. There was a strong indication of expected future usage.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania
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