June 22, 2003
June 22, 2003
June 25, 2003
8.1101.1 - 8.1101.15
Applying Laptop Computers and Course-Management Software to Enhance Undergraduate Student Learning
Stanley F. “Stan” Harris Associate Professor of Management Lawrence Technological University College of Engineering
This paper demonstrates how networked laptop computers (and/or personal computers) may be used with course management software to accomplish the following four goals while enhancing student learning:
• Simplify the process of communicating course information to students. • Assess student performance without using paper, pens, and pencils. • Keep students apprised of their grades without intruding on class time and faculty office time. • Systematically and efficiently accumulate evidence of student performance.
Students and faculty, alike, benefit from more productive uses of their time and are increasingly computer literate.
Computers have capabilities that can enhance the teaching and learning process in many ways, and, they can free users of many necessary but often more mundane and less satisfying aspects of student and faculty work.
So, by marrying human capabilities, needs, and desires with computer technology, students and faculty can accomplish more with less, i.e., more effective and satisfying student learning and faculty teaching with less student and faculty time and effort expended. Alternatively, even more student learning and faculty teaching is possible with the same time and effort expended.
This paper is a case history of the use of networked laptop computers, personal computers, and course information software spanning a two-year period of progressively advancing computer and software applications. Its focus is primarily on quiz and exam administration and keeping students apprised of their performance.
Laptop computer use is becoming more common on university campuses. Some universities are requiring the use of “laptops” by their students. At other universities, students have
“Proceedings of the 2003 American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2003, American Society for Engineering Education”
Harris, S. (2003, June), The Application Of Laptop Computers And Course Management Software To Enhance Student Learning Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. https://peer.asee.org/11519
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