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Using iPads in University Mathematics Classes: What Do the Students Think?

Using iPads in University Mathematics Classes: What Do the Students Think?
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Author(s): Rim Gouia (American University of Sharjah, UAE), Cindy Gunn (American University of Sharjah, UAE) and Diana Audi (American University of Sharjah, UAE)
Copyright: 2015
Pages: 18
Source title: Assessing the Role of Mobile Technologies and Distance Learning in Higher Education
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Patricia Ordóñez de Pablos (University of Oviedo, Spain), Robert D. Tennyson (University of Minnesota, USA) and Miltiadis D. Lytras (American College of Greece, Greece)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-7316-8.ch003

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Abstract

This chapter reports on two studies carried out with first-year undergraduate students in Mathematics classes. The first study investigates regular use of iPads over the course of one semester. Overall, the students reported positive impressions regarding the use of iPads in their Mathematics classes. However, only 47% stated that they would join an iPad class in future semesters. The second study is a qualitative follow-up to the first to find out why the majority said they would not join an iPad class in the future. The students in the two studies could see both the value and the drawbacks that the use of iPads in their Mathematics classes would provide. The findings suggest that as supplement to instruction the use of iPads has the potential to enhance the learning process, but classes delivered using iPads only would not meet the educational requirements or expectations of the study's participants.

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