Introducing tablet PCs: Initial results from the classroom

John C. Wise, Roxanne Toto, Yon Lim Kyu

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Tablet PCs ("TPC"s) are drawing interest as a potential tool for improving teaching and learning in engineering education. Several schools have obtained the machines and are looking at effective uses. A recent initiative at Penn State involves thirty-one engineering faculty from eleven different disciplines. All of these faculty are trying out TPCs in their courses, and have agreed to do so for the next year and one-half. This paper reports on the initial stage of the project, in which the research question focuses on how engineering undergraduates perceive the effectiveness of the TPC as a teaching and learning tool. Over 100 students in three courses responded to an online survey related to specific uses of the TPC in their class. Responses from the students were overwhelmingly positive. This research is significant due to the increasing availability of TPCs, the lack of empirical evidence related to their effectiveness, and their potential for improving teaching and learning.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication36th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)1424402565, 9781424402564
StatePublished - 2006
Event36th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: 28 Oct 200631 Oct 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
ISSN (Print)1539-4565


Conference36th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA


  • Classroom enhancement
  • Digital ink
  • Student perception
  • Tablet PC


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