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The laptop alternative: Student reactions and strategic implications

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Computers & Education Volume 43, Number 4, ISSN 0360-1315 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


Designing the technology infrastructure for a college or university is a strategic decision that affects the quality of the educational experience for both students and faculty, and influences an institution’s image and its ability to attract students. This article reports the results of survey research which explored student reactions to a campus-wide laptop initiative at a small liberal arts institution. Student perceptions of the value of the laptop are examined in seven contexts: academic success, study habits, faculty utilization, the development of a learning community, personal use, future plans and cost. The results broaden our understanding of the relationship between technology and learning and will assist institutional decision-makers as they evaluate technology options.


Demb, A., Erickson, D. & Hawkins-Wilding, S. (2004). The laptop alternative: Student reactions and strategic implications. Computers & Education, 43(4), 383-401. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved June 27, 2022 from .

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