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iPads in UAE University Classrooms: Implications for Teaching and Learning

, , Zayed University, United Arab Emirates ; , Bemidji State University, United States ; , College of Education - Zayed University, United Arab Emirates

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Las Vegas, NV, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-13-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA


This paper describes a research study that aimed at investigating students' perceptions of the advantages of iPad use for learning; challenges facing successful use; and preferences for iPad use to support their needs and enhance their learning experiences. The paper discusses the background and rationale for the research, provides a relevant literature review, and describes the research design, data collection and data analysis procedures. It presents an overview of the tentative results that are currently under analysis.


Atallah, F., Tamim, R., Colburn, L. & El Saadi, L. (2015). iPads in UAE University Classrooms: Implications for Teaching and Learning. In D. Rutledge & D. Slykhuis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2015--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1576-1581). Las Vegas, NV, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved March 24, 2019 from .


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