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Are We Using Technology for Learning?

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Journal of Educational Technology Systems Volume 34, Number 4, ISSN 0047-2395


This study investigated the role that computer technology plays in transforming the learning process in higher education. Specifically, we looked at the relationship between computer-technology use, active learning, and perceived course effectiveness. The sample consisted of 1966 students in 81 graduate and undergraduate classes at a large, urban university. The survey categories were: 1) learner preferences; 2) course structure; 3) active learning; 4) time on task; 5) learning with technology; 6) perceived effectiveness of computer use; 7) context of computer use; and 8) overall perceived course effectiveness. Results suggest that there is a relationship between computer technology, active learning, and perceived course effectiveness. Students who use computer technology a lot appear to benefit the most from active learning. (Contains 7 tables and 1 figure.)


Lowerison, G., Sclater, J., Schmid, R.F. & Abrami, P.C. (2006). Are We Using Technology for Learning?. Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 34(4), 401-425. Retrieved November 1, 2020 from .

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