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Recommended Citation: Prescod, F and L Dong.  Learning Style Trends and Laptop Use Patterns: Implication for Students in an IT Business School.  In The Proceedings of the Information Systems Education Conference 2006, v 23 (Dallas): §3543. ISSN: 1542-7382. (A later version appears in Information Systems Education Journal 6(4). ISSN: 1545-679X.)
 
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Learning Style Trends and Laptop Use Patterns: Implication for Students in an IT Business School

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Franklyn Prescod    [a1] [a2]
School of Information Technology Management, Faculty of Business
Ryerson University    [u1] [u2]
Toronto, Ontario, Canada    [c1] [c2]

Linying Dong    [a1] [a2]
School of Information Technology Management, Faculty of Business
Ryerson University    [u1] [u2]
Toronto, Ontario, Canada    [c1] [c2]

Recent years have seen a widespread application of information and communication technology (ICT) in learning and teaching across a large number of universities and high schools. The effectiveness of technology-enabled learning very much depends on the extent to which the technologies enhance learning. Despite a number of studies on laptop programs, however, there is little research on whether the application of ICT to assist learning, (e.g., laptops or notebooks) effectively delivers expected learning outcomes. To address this problem, we examined studentsí learning styles, use pattern, and satisfaction with learning using technology. Two surveys were administered to students enrolled in the laptop program at the School of Information Technology Management (ITM) at Ryerson University. Our findings provide a basis for further research on learning styles in this technology enabled environment. In particular, the impact of this laptop teaching and learning environment on students is the subject of a longitudinal study.

Keywords: learning styles, use patterns, laptop, notebook, index of learning styles, information and communication technology

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