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Technology's Role in Learning at a Commuter Campus: The Student Perspective

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Journal of Further and Higher Education Volume 40, Number 3, ISSN 0309-877X


Patterns of technology ownership and usage, as well as skills with and preferences for various technologies, affect the college experience (Educause 2012). Students at a commuter campus of a large Midwestern public university were surveyed about technology and the learning process: 94% of the respondents believed that technology had the potential to benefit learning and 85% thought it was central to their academic success. Students credited technology-enhanced courses with increased and more effective communication with instructors, the ability to better manage course activities and expanded opportunities for practice and reinforcement. Students' prior experiences with a course management system affected their perceptions of the role of technology and their subsequent beliefs about the benefits of its use in their university courses. Implications for administrators who make decisions about faculty development, student retention and funding for technology-enhanced course offerings are discussed.


Buckenmeyer, J.A., Barczyk, C., Hixon, E., Zamojski, H. & Tomory, A. (2016). Technology's Role in Learning at a Commuter Campus: The Student Perspective. Journal of Further and Higher Education, 40(3), 412-431. Retrieved December 9, 2019 from .

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