Look Up from the Screen: Exploration of Undergraduate Students Perception of Engagement in Computer Labs Compared to Interactive Classroom Spaces
Wednesday, March 20 5:45 PM-7:00 PM Location: Celebrity Ballroom 1&2
Presider: Monique Woodard, Drexel University, United States
Abstract: The purpose of this research is to explore undergraduate students’ perception of engagement or why students’ do not look up from the screen in two different classroom spaces. While more and more traditional classrooms have computers (personal laptops or computer labs) in schools and universities, instructors strive to implement active learning strategies that increases interaction and engagement in learning. Yet, the design of computer lab classroom suggests individualized student work at the computer and interactive classrooms have various technology available to students. In this mixed methods research, the quantitative data explored undergraduate students’ perception of engagement, interaction and self-efficacy in computer lab classrooms compared to interactive classrooms. The qualitative data allowed students’ to define engagement in the two different types of classrooms while sitting in front of a computer screen. The triangulation of the data provided further cross verification of students’ perceptions regarding engagement that contributed to exploring the comparison of classroom space.