Students' perception on Use of Technology in the class room at Higher Education Institution in Phillipines

Virginia Carbonarra Gorra, Shyam Bhati

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ABSTRACT— The issueof unintended consequences of use of technology in class room is importantbecause unintended consequences can cause disruption in class room and negatethe institutional policies as regards strategic direction and intervention inteaching and learning process. The current literature on the use of e-learningfor teaching focuses on factors which increases the effectiveness of e-learningbut there is very little research on unintended consequences of e-learning,particularly in regard to developing countries. The present research seeks tofill in this  gap in the research Thisresearch investigates the consequences of the use oftechnology during classroom activities in higher education institutions ofPhilippines when the students are expected to do classwork and attend to theirwork in the college. These questions were studied using a survey methodof research. The students sample consisted of 221 students from different statecolleges and universities in Caraga region of Philippines. Students’perceptions on positive and negativeconsequences were observed. A ranking and frequency analysis method was used tocalculate the consequences observed. The most observed positive consequenceswere instant messaging through chatting, lesson enquiry about assignments,sending and receiving e-mails, research through surfing the net including datagathering by downloading files and sharing cultural experiences with othersthrough internet. Among the negative consequences listed by students wereaccessing social websites like face book, twitter etc. during class work,playing games, playing music, answering and returning calls and downloading andusing copyrighted material. It is further observed that incidence of positiveand negative consequences vary with the use of technology. The ranking of positive and negative consequences differ inall the three cases of use of technology - computer with internet, laptop withinternet and mobile with internet. From the frequency analysis of positive,negative and net consequences of use of technology in class room it is observedthat students are most likely to have negative consequences using mobile withinternet. It is concluded that most students in state colleges and universitiesin Caraga region in the Philippines are likely to use technology in classroomfor the purpose of positive consequences supporting the view that use oftechnology helps in enhancing learning related activities in classroom

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E-learning, Unintended consequences

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