Do computers enhance or detract from student learning?

George D. Kuh, Nick Vesper

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Does becoming familiar with computer and information technology during college add to or detract from making progress toward other desirable outcomes of college? Based on responses to the 23 gains items from the CSEQ (including computer use), more than 125,000 undergraduates from 205 four-year colleges and universities were divided into two categories: (1) High Gainers (those who made substantial progress on using computers) and (2) Low Gainers (those reporting less progress). Increased familiarity with computers was positively related to developing other important skills and competencies, including social skills.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)87-102
Number of pages16
JournalResearch in Higher Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2001


  • College outcomes
  • Computer use
  • Student learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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