Computer usage and attitudes among Saudi Arabian undergraduate students

TitleComputer usage and attitudes among Saudi Arabian undergraduate students
Publication TypeJournal Article
AuthorsAlothman M, Robertson J, Michaelson G
Abstract

A study of undergraduate students in Saudi Arabia found that although they used technology for an average of 45 hours per week and had positive attitudes to it, they did not frequently use technology, in particular computers, in support of their learning. Qualitative evidence suggests that the students were not routinely required to use computers at university, and that in some cases the universities did not provide computing facilities or actively prevented technology usage. Factors which influenced attitudes to computers included: city of study, parental encouragement, and English language proficiency but not genderA study of undergraduate students in Saudi Arabia found that although they used technology for an average of 45 hours per week and had positive attitudes to it, they did not frequently use technology, in particular computers, in support of their learning. Qualitative evidence suggests that the students were not routinely required to use computers at university, and that in some cases the universities did not provide computing facilities or actively prevented technology usage. Factors which influenced attitudes to computers included: city of study, parental encouragement, and English language proficiency but not gender