Understanding the way students use information technology in an educational setting is described as a critical factor in evaluating the effectiveness of IT use. A theoretical model, derivative of prior research, proposes three educational contexts that must be considered in evaluating performance-based effectiveness. A method of collecting information on student work patterns through unobtrusive means is presented, and a research project using the model and methods is described
Briggs, Carl M., "Understanding the Way Students Work: Unobtrusive Measures and the Effect of Effort on Performance" (1997). AMCIS 1997 Proceedings. 324.