ERIC Number: EJ1111522
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Student Observations: Introducing iPads into University Classrooms
Wardley, Leslie J.; Mang, Colin F.
Education and Information Technologies, v21 n6 p1715-1732 Nov 2016
This paper explores the growing trend of using mobile technology in university classrooms, exploring the use of tablets in particular, to identify learning benefits faced by students. Students, acting on their efficacy beliefs, make decisions regarding technology's influence in improving their education. We construct a theoretical model in which internal and external factors affect a student's self-efficacy which in turn affects the extent of adoption of a device for educational purposes. Through qualitative survey responses of university students who were given an Apple iPad to keep for the duration of a university course we find high levels of self-efficacy leading to positive views of the technology's learning enhancement capabilities. Student observations on the practicality of the technology, off-topic use and its effects, communication, content, and perceived market advantage of using a tablet are also explored.
Descriptors: Handheld Devices, College Students, Computer Uses in Education, Self Efficacy, Models, Qualitative Research, Student Surveys, Student Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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