Some questions about “learning” outcomes


In the following thesis the author investigated the effects of using tablets on learning.  The important take away from this study is that the researcher found no effect on success rate nor on grades.  However, the students using tablet learning devices were able to display other types of learning and its effects.  Most notably the students who used tablets conducted independent research, shared their ideas with peers and in the opinion of the researcher created new knowledge.  Specifically, users reported that the tablets’ portability and storage capacity for resources enhanced usage outside the classroom and enabled communications and information sharing with peers.   Such learning outcomes are not part of standardized testing and not always included as a grading criteria but are extremely desired in the work place.

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EFFECTIVENESS OF TABLET LEARNING DEVICES IN ONLINE AND BLENDED COURSES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC by Pritika Reddy, University of South Pacific

“Interestingly, the tablet devices did not have any effect on the success rate and quality of the student grades for the respective courses they were enrolled in. The study also showed that the tablet devices were a good sharing and knowledge creating tool as the devices enabled students to conduct independent research, share ideas with peers and create new form of knowledge from the concepts they learnt.”

 

http://digilib.library.usp.ac.fj/gsdl/collect/usplibr1/index/assoc/HASH01b9.dir/doc.pdf

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