Faculty perceptions of the impact of student laptop use in a wireless Internet environment on the classroom learning environment and teaching.

by Brubaker, Aaron T.

Abstract (Summary)
This study examines faculty perceptions of the impact of wireless laptops in the higher education classroom. A survey comprising Likert-scale and open-ended questions was administered to faculty members at a large public university. Survey questions focused on faculty perceptions of the impact of wireless laptops on the classroom atmosphere and their teaching. Depending on the context of use, respondents pointed to numerous ways in which laptops have enabled them to incorporate new information sources, engage students, and add activities to enhance classroom learning. A majority of respondents, however, indicated that students are likely to become distracted when using wireless laptops and that student participation in discussions can be negatively impacted. A majority also indicated that they would make use of an option to turn off Internet access in their classrooms.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Deborah Barreau

School:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

School Location:USA - North Carolina

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:classroom dynamics wireless laptops multitasking millennial students faculty perceptions it in education


Date of Publication:11/14/2006

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