WIP: Longitudinal outcomes of a requirement for student-owned laptop computers across a college of engineering

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Conference Proceeding

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Department of Engineering Fundamentals


This WIP focusses on one component of our updated first year engineering program (FYEP), a student-owned laptop requirement. Requiring students to bring laptops will enable all students to practice the skills learned during their first-year engineering classes. Other engineering instructors will also be able to require students to bring and use laptops in their courses. Infusing the use of laptops into coursework throughout our engineering curriculums should positively affect computational problem solving and develop a mindset of "ubiquitous computing." In this paper, we outline a longitudinal study in which we plan to assess the impact of the updated first year engineering program and in particular the laptop requirement on computational competencies and attitudes.

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© 2017 IEEE. Publisher’s version of record: https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE.2017.8190572

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Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE