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ERIC Number: EJ1145940
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jul
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1360-2357
Expectations and Fulfillment of Course Engagement, Gained Skills, and Non-Academic Usage of College Students Utilizing Tablets in an Undergraduate Skills Course
Bluestein, Stephanie A.; Kim, Taehyun
Education and Information Technologies, v22 n4 p1757-1770 Jul 2017
The purpose of this mixed-methods study was to compare the expectations and fulfillment of undergraduate students enrolled in a skills class that utilized iPads in the classroom. Pre- and post-surveys were administered to students at the beginning and end of the semester. A series of t-tests (n = 78) showed the tablet did not meet their expectations in terms of course engagement and benefits/skills they anticipated receiving from class activities and coursework. However, their non-academic use of the iPad, for both entertainment and social media purposes, was higher than they predicted. The qualitative portion of the study resulted in three themes: acceptance of tablet technology, student excitement and engagement, and how teacher preparation and proficiency with the technology affects classroom usage. This study suggests a need for teacher training in application selection and ample in-class device usage.
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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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