Volume 1

Volume 1, Number 50

December 31, 2003

12 pages1094 K bytes

Will Handheld Computers Succeed in College?

David W. Johnson
Utah Valley State College
Orem, Utah 84058 USA

Derek Rudd
Utah Valley State College
Orem, Utah 84058 USA

Abstract: Handheld computers have been used successfully in K-12 education based primarily on grants from hardware and software manufacturers. Several higher educational institutions have begun using handheld computers in the classroom as well. In fact, several universities are now requiring their use by all students. This paper describes a faculty-student research project aimed at understanding the willingness and ability of college students to use handhelds as an educational support tool. Results from the research show that while handhelds work fine for their domain specific functions such as calendaring and to-do-list, their use as an educational support tool for college students may be limited.

Keywords: PDA, handheld computers, higher education, computer assisted education

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Recommended Citation: Johnson and Rudd (2003). Will Handheld Computers Succeed in College? Information Systems Education Journal, 1 (50). http://isedj.org/1/50/. ISSN: 1545-679X. (A preliminary version appears in The Proceedings of ISECON 2003: §4113. ISSN: 1542-7382.)