Determining Computer Lab Usage for Academic, Social, and Personal Purposes
Computers have become an integral part of the lives of university students. Although originally envisioned simply as a tool to enhance the educational experience, computers now are used in all facets of students’ lives. Campus computer labs share a similar history. Their original goal was to give students access to computers for academic reasons. Now labs are used for a variety of other purposes. The goal of this project was to discover how much usage of computer labs at UNC-Chapel Hill was related to academic, social, and personal purposes. The results show that while students frequently use personal computers for non-academic use, computer lab tasks are predominantly academic in nature. This finding held true across all groups despite some differences in lab activities based upon class year and gender.
Advisor:Barbara B. Moran
School:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School Location:USA - North Carolina
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:surveys – computer laboratories use studies college and university students administration
Date of Publication:04/11/2007