The impact of ubiquitous computing in an undergraduate university Honors community
Christian E. Wurst, Temple University, United States
Temple University . Awarded
Temple University issued laptop computers to entering freshmen in the Business Honors Program for the Fall 1999 semester. Existing students, (the sophomores, juniors and seniors) were not issued computers. This led to the creation of two cohorts of students who were very similar except for their inclusion in the laptop program. Those cohorts were the subjects of a three-year study to determine the impact of the ubiquitous computing program.
The study utilized Campbell and Stanley's “Institutional Wave” design. Student satisfaction, student achievement (as measured by GPAs) and classroom constructivism were the measured outcomes. The GPAs were provided by the University, satisfaction and classroom constructivism were measured by instruments that were created for this study.
There were mixed results. The Honors classrooms were more constructivist than the traditional classrooms but the level of constructivist activities did not increase as a result of the introduction of the laptop computers. Levels of student satisfaction and achievement were unaffected by the ubiquitous computing program.
Wurst, C.E. The impact of ubiquitous computing in an undergraduate university Honors community. Ph.D. thesis, Temple University.
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