One of our district partners in the CURA project has identified the investigation of laptop learning as a priority area of research for them. They have initiated a pilot project in one urban high school, and are interested in examining the effectiveness of laptop learning.
While this particular study expands our definition of e-learning to include the use of laptops, the main interest of the partner agency is in “what works,” and particularly in ensuring that e-learning that is facilitated though the use of laptops develops as effectively and efficiently as possible. Accordingly, effectiveness will be examined in relation to two of our main outcome areas, learning outcomes and cost. The purpose of our research, therefore, is to provide evidence related to the relationship between the use of laptops, student outcomes, and cost.