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On- and off-campus computer usage in engineering education

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posted on 2000-02-01, 00:00 authored by Stuart Palmer
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.

History

Journal

Computers & Education

Volume

34

Issue

2

Pagination

141 - 154

Publisher

Elsevier Science

Location

Oxford, England

ISSN

0360-1315

eISSN

1873-782X

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

Copyright notice

2000, Elsevier Science