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On- and off-campus computer usage in engineering education

Palmer, Stuart 2000, On- and off-campus computer usage in engineering education, Computers & Education, vol. 34, no. 2, pp. 141-154.

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Title On- and off-campus computer usage in engineering education
Author(s) Palmer, Stuart
Journal name Computers & Education
Volume number 34
Issue number 2
Start page 141
End page 154
Publisher Elsevier Science
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2000-02
ISSN 0360-1315
1873-782X
Keyword(s) post secondary education
adult learning
country-specifc developments
distance education and tele- learning
media in education
Summary Computers and information technology play an important role in engineering education at the School of Engineering and Technology, Deakin University, Australia. Experience has shown that there are significant demographic differences between on- and off-campus engineering student groups. It was thought that the differences in the student groups might also lead to differences in computer usage patterns between the groups. A survey on computer usage was undertaken to determine the computer usage patterns of students at the commencement of their studies. The survey revealed differences between on- and off-campus students in whether students indicated they were regular computer users (on-campus = 77.2%, off-campus = 94.7%), the average reported hours per week usage of computers (on-campus = 6.0 h, off-campus = 23.3 h), the reported source of computer access, whether students indicated they were regular users of e-mail (on-campus = 29.8%, off-campus = 73.7%), whether students indicated they were regular users of the World Wide Web (on-campus = 38.6%, off-campus = 68.4%), and the reported source of World Wide Web access. It is proposed that the differing personal circumstances of the two student groups may contribute to the difference in survey responses.
Language eng
Field of Research 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
Socio Economic Objective 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2000
Copyright notice ©2000, Elsevier Science
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