Online Learning Update

July 26, 2011

Learning Online While On-Campus: Students’ Acceptance of Tablet PCs and Implications for Educational Institutions

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:05 am

by Omar El-Gayar, Mark Moran and Mark Hawkes, Educational Technology & Society, 14 (2), 58–70.

This research develops and empirically tests a factor model for understanding college students’ acceptance of Tablet PC (TPC) as a means to forecast, explain, and improve their usage pattern in education. The analysis  involved more than 230 students from a regional Midwestern institution. Overall, our model exhibited a good fit with the data and provided satisfactory explanatory power for students’ acceptance of TPC in an educational setting. Analysis of the results suggests a number of implications to educational institutions. Most notably are the need for programs aimed at influencing students’ attitudes and perceptions towards TPC, creating an environment of a positive image surrounding the use of TPC on campus, and facilitating the use of TPC.

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