Building lectures and building bridges with socio-economically disadvantaged students

Phillips, Peter J. and Loch, Birgit (2011) Building lectures and building bridges with socio-economically disadvantaged students. Educational Technology and Society, 14 (3). pp. 240-251. ISSN 1176-3647


This paper is an empirical analysis of the first stage of an ongoing effort to introduce technology to enhance student learning in introductory corporate finance within a multi-campus and multi-mode regional Australian University. The engagement and performance of low socio-economic status (SES) students is of particular interest because approximately one-quarter of the university's enrolled students are classified low SES. A Tablet PC is used to facilitate a cooperative 'building' of each week's lecture in class and the recording of this process for delivery online. The analysis of the academic achievement of two cohorts of students in two different semesters—with the technology and without—forms the basis of the formal evaluation of the efficacy of the approach to date. The results indicate that there is a significant difference in retention (drop-out statistics) and academic achievement (examination performance, final grade and course progression statistics) between the 'Tablet PC' and 'control' semesters. The largest improvement was exhibited by the low SES students.

Statistics for USQ ePrint 19717
Statistics for this ePrint Item
Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © International Forum of Educational Technology & Society (IFETS). The authors and the forum jointly retain the copyright of the articles. Permission to make digital or hard copies of part or all of this work for personal or classroom use is granted without fee provided that copies are not made or distributed for profit or commercial advantage and that copies bear the full citation on the first page. Copyrights for components of this work owned by others than IFETS must be honoured. Abstracting with credit is permitted. To copy otherwise, to republish, to post on servers, or to redistribute to lists, requires prior specific permission and/or a fee. Request permissions from the editors at
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2011 06:05
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2017 04:40
Uncontrolled Keywords: tablet PC; socio-economic status; academic achievement; retention; student engagement
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160809 Sociology of Education
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140204 Economics of Education
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education

Actions (login required)

View Item Archive Repository Staff Only