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Student Computers in University Classrooms: A Detriment or Boon to Learning?

25 January 2019

Abstract

A common topic of discussion in higher education is student use of personal computers in the classroom and whether it distracts or enhances learning as well as a sense of community in higher education. In making the shift to computer-limited or free university classrooms, students can develop not only better higher-order learning skills, but leadership skills as well.

The majority of literature on student computers in the classroom proposes at least limited use of personal computers in the classroom as learning outcomes increase with decreased computer presence. Student computer use in university classrooms can also be viewed through the lens of leadership.

Removing computers from the classroom will allow students a better space to develop the interpersonal and professional skills necessary to lead, alongside the higher-level learning of didactic material. By making the shift to computer limited or free university classrooms, students can develop not only better advanced learning skills, but effective leadership skills as well.


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