Implementation of a One to One Laptop Computing Initiative in Response to COVID 19: Implications for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
Abstract: Within the last decade, there has been a disproportionately high number of educational institutions that have implemented the one-to-one technology initiative to modify the instructional environment in order to improve academic performance (Henderson-Rosser & Sauers, 2017; Holen et al., 2017; Ross, 2020; Zheng et al . , 2016) and most recently, as a response to the current pandemic COVID-19, However, given the realities and demands of the pandemic, institutions of higher education were thrust into a new instructional mode unable to adequate assess, prepare, and pivot for this new instructional paradigm. Of those institutions effected, HBCUs were found to be the most effected given their resource deprived conditions. While current research on one to one laptop initiatives have focused on implementation in resource rich school districts and PWI, issues related to the faculty’s experience and implementation within an HBCU setting has largely been ignored (Donastorg, 2022; Penuel, 2006), therefore, this study, taken from a larger study provides an opportunity to highlight the experiences of faculty involved in one to one laptop initiatives and the implementation, but at the same time document and discuss the themes that emerged. These preliminary results and discussions on the themes will serve as a platform to inform those involved in advancing quality teaching during a pandemic at an HBCU.