Volume 6

Volume 6, Number 4

January 31, 2008

13 pages652 K bytes

Learning Style Trends and Laptop Use Patterns: Implication for Students in an IT Business School

Franklyn Prescod
Ryerson University
Toronto, Ontario M5B 2K3 Canada

Linying Dong
Ryerson University
Toronto, Ontario, M5B 2K3, Canada

Abstract: Recent years have seen a widespread application of information and communication technology (ICT) in learning and teaching across a large number of universities and high schools. The effectiveness of technology-enabled learning very much depends on the extent to which the technologies enhance learning. Despite a number of studies on laptop programs, however, there is little research on whether the application of ICT to assist learning, (e.g., laptops or notebooks) effectively delivers expected learning outcomes. To address this problem, we examined students’ learning styles, use pattern, and satisfaction with learning using technology. Two surveys were administered to students enrolled in the laptop program at the School of Information Technology Management (ITM) at Ryerson University. Our findings provide a basis for further research on learning styles in this technology enabled environment. In particular, the impact of this laptop teaching and learning environment on students is the subject of a longitudinal study.

Keywords: learning styles, use patterns, laptop, notebook, index of learning styles, information and communication technology

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Recommended Citation: Prescod and Dong (2008). Learning Style Trends and Laptop Use Patterns: Implication for Students in an IT Business School. Information Systems Education Journal, 6 (4). http://isedj.org/6/4/. ISSN: 1545-679X. (A preliminary version appears in The Proceedings of ISECON 2006: §3543. ISSN: 1542-7382.)