CS students' readiness and perceptions of using mobile technology during lectures

Alsaggaf, W, Hamilton, M and Harland, J 2013, 'CS students' readiness and perceptions of using mobile technology during lectures', in Arnold Pears, Anders Berglund, Neena Thota (ed.) Proceedings of the Learning and Teaching in Computing and Engineering (LaTiCE), 2013, Macau, Macau, 21-24 March 2013, pp. 1-8.


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Title CS students' readiness and perceptions of using mobile technology during lectures
Author(s) Alsaggaf, W
Hamilton, M
Harland, J
Year 2013
Conference name LaTiCE) 2013
Conference location Macau, Macau
Conference dates 21-24 March 2013
Proceedings title Proceedings of the Learning and Teaching in Computing and Engineering (LaTiCE), 2013
Editor(s) Arnold Pears, Anders Berglund, Neena Thota
Publisher IEEE
Place of publication United States
Start page 1
End page 8
Total pages 8
Abstract Whilst portable computers, such as laptops, notepads, personal assistants or smart phones, are now ubiquitous, their value as a tool in a learning environment is still an issue of considerable debate. This research studied the use of laptops as a learning tool in a traditional lecture for computer science students. A quantitative survey was conducted to analyse the readiness of the students and their perceptions of this form of mobile learning, as well as the effect of their demographics and readiness on the effectiveness of using laptops in lectures. The results show that students' readiness level was high as majority of the respondents owned laptops and were willing to take it to lectures. The students' perceptions of this form of learning were tested on six critical parameters derived from the literature, which include, increasing engagement, improving learning, encouraging collaboration, potential of distraction, ubiquity of laptops and using laptops for non-educational tasks. Overall, students felt that using laptops as a learning tool during lectures had positive benefits for increasing engagement, encouraging collaboration and improving learning potential, butt here was also the perception that laptops could distract students during lectures.
Subjects Global Information Systems
Keyword(s) mobile learning
laptops
lectures
computing
DOI - identifier 10.1109/LaTiCE.2013.30
Copyright notice © 2013 The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.
ISBN 9780769549606
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