Student Use of the Tablet PC: Impact on Student Learning Behaviors

ABSTRACT

Pedagogical approaches that incorporate learning technologies into lessons and coursework have had promising results in relation to students’ motivation to learn. Tablet PCs have been identified as one form of instructional technology that can facilitate learning among engineering undergraduates since this medium allows for drawing on the computer screen, a potentially valuable way for students to annotate prepared lesson documents, replicate graphs and other visual content, and take and share notes that include diagrams. This study examines the degree to which student and faculty use of the Tablet PC is linked to important student learning behaviors. Results of the study reveal that frequency of student use of the Tablet is related to increased engagement in engineering courses. Practitioners can use this information when considering what instructional technology to utilize in engineering courses and what pedagogical approaches to pair the technology with in order to facilitate student learning.

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Catherine Amelink Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA

Catherine Amelink
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA

Glenda Scales Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA

Glenda Scales
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA

Joseph G. Tront Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA

Joseph G. Tront
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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