Date of Award

Spring 6-2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD)



First Advisor/Committee Member

Dr. Nyaradzo Mvududu

Second Advisor/Committee Member

Dr. David Wicks

Third Advisor/Committee Member

Dr. David Denton


higher education, educational technology, student perception, factor analysis, EDUCAUSE



Student Perception of Digital Technology Usage in Higher

Education Classrooms at Seattle Pacific University

By Jason Profit

Chairperson of the Dissertation Committee:

Dr. Nyaradzo Mvududu

School of Education

Since 2004, EDUCAUSE has been assessing the use of digital devices in higher education classrooms. Seattle Pacific University (SPU) had never participated in an ECAR Student Technology Survey until April, 2017. This study aimed to establish a baseline understanding of how SPU undergraduate students compare to other small, private, liberal arts institutions in regard to technology usage in the classroom. The broader purpose of this study was to add to the growing research involving the use of mobile digital devices within higher education classrooms. This study focused on the connectivism learning theory which seeks to explain the complex learning that takes place within all classrooms in a constantly and rapidly changing digital world. The author used the 2017 ECAR Student Technology Survey as the instrument to gather data. This research was a non-experimental, ex post facto study using a convenience sample in which participants provided survey data at one point in time regarding their perception of their instructors’ use of digital devices within a classroom, their perception of SPU’s learning management system and their preferred learning environment within a course. The researcher conducted a factor analysis to confirm the existence of factors before conducting a one-way MANOVA.