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Student Observations: Introducing iPads into University Classrooms


Education and Information Technologies Volume 21, Number 6, ISSN 1360-2357


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.


Wardley, L.J. & Mang, C.F. (2016). Student Observations: Introducing iPads into University Classrooms. Education and Information Technologies, 21(6), 1715-1732. Retrieved August 13, 2020 from .

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