Pupils' approval of Tablet PCs and consequences for educational institutions

Published: 08th May 2020
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This research develops and empirically tests a variable model for understanding college students' endorsement of Tablet PC (TPC) as a way to predict, clarify, and boost their usage pattern in schooling. The evaluation involved more than 230 students from a regional Midwestern association. Overall, our model demonstrated a great fit with the data and provided reasonable explanatory power for students' approval of TPC in an educational setting. Analysis of the results indicates several implications to educational institutions. Most notably are the need for applications targeted at affecting students' attitudes and perceptions towards TPC, creating an environment of a positive image enclosing the utilization of TPC on campus, and facilitating the employment of TPC.Tablet PC's extend the freedom supplied by notebooks by supplying the capability to get handwriting using a magnetic pencil. Since the debut of the first commercial Tablet PC in autumn 2002, TPC have been steadily gaining market share with sales expected to reach 14 million by 2009 (Ozok, Benson, Chakraborty, & Norcio, 2008). The portability and easy note requiring made possible by TPC have brought users from various sectors including healthcare, building, government, and education. Accordingly, with all the proliferation of mobile computing initiatives across campuses, assessment of such initiatives becomes the logical next step. The evaluation ultimately centers on the pupils' teaching and learning effectiveness. Yet for pupils' learning and teaching effectiveness to improve, students and faculty must accept these initiatives . In that aspect, the aim of the research is to understand the factors affecting pupils' approval of TPC as a means to forecast, explain, and enhance utilization pattern. The research builds on previous technology acceptance research to come up with a variable model to evaluate various factors driving endorsement within the context of pupils' approval of TPC technology. The research contributes to a much better understanding of the launch and direction of information technology (IT) based initiatives in education using a specific emphasis on TPC.The next section gives a short overview of relevant prior research followed by a detailed characterization of our research model. The research model captures dependency relationships among these factors in the type of several hypotheses to be analyzed in this research and identifies factors that are important. Next, we describe the methodology applied highlighting the study design, data collection, and data analysis. We then summarize the results obtained with respect to measurement validity and model testing results followed by a discussion of implications for educational institutions. We conclude using a summary of limits, research contributions, and venues for future research. Technology approval The technology acceptance literature files a rich assortment of models and theories that may be used to spell out the adoption of information technology inventions (Venkatesh, Davis, & Morris, 2007; Venkatesh, Morris, Davis, & Davis, 2003). With respect to person (compared to organizational) acceptance of technology these models use aim or usage as a dependent variable. Examples of a few of the very powerful models include the theory of reasoned action (TRA) (Fishbein & Ajzen, 1975); the theory of planned behavior (TPB) (Ajzen, 1991), the technology acceptance model (TAM) (Davis, 1989); along with modifications of those models.

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