Saturday, May 27, 2017

The Relationships between Locus of Control, Technology Usage, and Grades among Graduate Students.

Dr. Safavi

The Relationships between Locus of Control, Technology Usage, and Grades among Graduate Students.


Using Rotter‘s (1966) survey, this study determined the level of student personality factor Locus of Control (LOC) and examined whether or not it played a role in student adaptation and usage of technology. In this study, a course website technology was utilized for graduate students in face-to-face classrooms in a university. The student participants had successfully completed the course Economics for Decision Making during the period fall semester of 2013 to fall semester of 2015. The researcher examined the number of times a student used the website by looking at the Learning Management System (LMS) data that showed the frequency of students logging into the course website and then correlated that data to student LOC. The study confirmed that students with internal LOC level used the course website more often than the students with external LOC level; however, the study rejected the assumption that student personality factor Locus of Control had a significant impact on the student final grade.

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Safavi, N., (2016) The Relationships Between Locus of Control, Technology Usage, and Grades Among Graduate Students (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. (Accession Order No. AAT 10196437)

Author Bio:

Nazila Safavi is a telecommunications consultant and instructor of Information Technology, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering courses and subjects. Nazila Safavi has earned her PhD in the field of Information Technology Management. Her undergraduate studies in Computer Science were conducted at the Oxford Brooks University, Oxford, England. She has earned her MS in Telecommunications at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. Nazila is currently serving as a program chair for the TECH program Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and as an assistant professor at the Forbes School of Business & Technology at Ashford University. Safavi has served as an adjunct faculty at the University of California, Los Angeles and University of California, Irvine Extended School as well as National University and University of La Verne, where she has also been a member of advisory committee and program and course developer. Safavi is a recognized expert in Information Technology, Computer Science and Engineering related subjects. Her work has been published in the academic and practitioner journals. She has published a few scholarly articles. Her work is presented in several academic seminars and conferences. In addition, Safavi has wide-ranging practical experience. She has served to some of the world's leading Wireless and Telecommunication firms. Safavi specializes in the construction of Code Division Multiple Access as well as other Wireless Communication areas. Safavi received a scholarship from Oxford Brooks University in 1992. This award is usually given to the person that is most likely to establish a new area of research. Safavi successfully conducts a series of online seminars, has earned a number of awards, including the one she is most proud of: The best teacher award.

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