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Factors Influencing a Laptop Initiative: An Empirical Study on Students’ Attitudes

Factors Influencing a Laptop Initiative: An Empirical Study on Students’ Attitudes
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Author(s): Susan Elwood-Salinas (Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi, USA), Robert Cutshall (Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi, USA) and Chuleeporn Changchit (Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi, USA)
Copyright: 2005
Pages: 4
Source title: Managing Modern Organizations Through Information Technology
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-822-2.ch026

Abstract

Laptop computers have become widely used in many workplaces and schools and are currently the largest growth area within the personal computer market. For higher education, providing experiences with computer tools tends to be one of the prerequisites to professional success because e employers value extensive experiences with information technology. Several universities are initiating laptop programs where all students are required to purchase laptop computers. The success of laptop program relies heavily on the extent to which the laptop environment is accepted and wholeheartedly implemented by students and faculty. Defining the conception factors necessary to successfully implement a laptop initiative becomes a critical issue to the success of the program. By understanding what factors encourage or distract students from supporting a laptop initiative, such a program can be made more useful to students as well as more beneficial to universities.

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