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iPads in the Engineering Classroom – Boon or Bane?ABSTRACTAs iPads and similar touch-screen devices continue to flood the market, engineering programsare seeking to integrate these platforms into student education. With total market penetration of55 million iPads sold to date and nearly half a billion smart phones (all brands) shipped in 2011alone (Strategy Analytics, 2012), the transition to highly-mobile touch screen computing is uponus. Engaging the current technology-hungry college student is thus promising, possible andnecessary; but with over 100,000 applications available for the iPad alone, critical questionsremain. What applications, tools and methods truly enhance the learning environment and whateducational benefit, if any, do the students receive through the use of these devices?This paper reports the results of a study focused on the college classroom application of theApple iPad and the effects on student outcomes. Data considered includes a 3-year longitudinalstudy of student technology adoption preferences and attitudes that took place during academicyears 2010-2012. It also includes focus group results and a one-semester in-depth look atadoption in a junior-level thermo-fluids course, including evolution of student attitudes andstudent accomplishment. The authors consider the effect of iPad adoption in the collegeclassroom, including student outcomes and attitudes, with the goal of assessing whether thetechnology enhances the learning environment. Commentary on adoption challenges, instructorefficiency and observations on best practices are also included.
Goyings, R. R., & Klosky, J. L., & Crawford, B. G. (2013, June), iPads in the Engineering Classroom – Boon or Bane? Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19847
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